Obama campaign’s case: Forward
April 30th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign’s case: Forward

(CNN) – The Obama campaign has released a seven minute video making the case for the president’s re-election. The video reveals what appears to be a new Obama campaign motto: Forward.

In the video, the Obama campaign makes the argument that economic conditions are improving and the president’s accomplishments were possible only against the undertow of a resistant Republican party.

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The video begins with the job loss and mortgage meltdown in 2008 and even includes a quick image of George W Bush, seeming to make the point that Obama inherited the nation’s economic and unemployment crises.

The video argues that under Bush the economy shed 4.4 million jobs but Obama’s stimulus saved up to 4.2 million jobs. It argues that his auto rescue saved 1.1 million and now conditions are on the upswing, with an increase in manufacturing jobs and 4.1 million private sector jobs from March 2010 to March 2012.

The voice over narration says it was “An economic disaster, the worst in a generation” but the president “never lost faith in America’s ability to meet the challenge.”

It does not mention that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in Obama’s first 13 months in office the nation lost 4.3 million jobs. Also important to note there’s no agreement on how many jobs the stimulus bill really did save.

The section on health care reform is less than 20 seconds. The narrator says he passed “historic” health reform so that “insurance companies can’t deny children coverage for pre-existing conditions, seniors pay less for prescriptions.”

Among the list of other accomplishments, the video touts that the administration cut taxes for 160 million Americans; got rid of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," signed equal pay for women legislation; increased the use of wind and solar energy; signed Wall Street and credit card reform, and ensured student loans remain affordable.

There’s a swipe at Republicans using spliced together clips of various newscasters describing GOP on Capitol Hill as “the party of no” The intended point: President Obama did it all despite the fact that Republicans in the House and Senate tried to obstruct him.

The video touches on what consistently rates as one of the president’s strong suits, his handling of foreign policy, especially terror-related issues. It ticks through the administration’s success taking out al Qaeda operatives and Osama bin Laden and the fact that Obama kept his promise to withdraw from Iraq.

The video ends with a list of accomplishments, with a little something for every potential Democratic voting block .
The video will be played at the Obama’s first campaign rally this Saturday May 5.

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McCain: Obama campaign video invoking bin Laden is 'pathetic'


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Marlee

    One step forward, two steps back.

    April 30, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  2. Marie MD

    Everything has improved. Not perfect, but who is or what country is 100% perfect.
    When you have faux news roudning up 8.6% unemployment to 9% or that kyl saying that 98% of Planned Parenthood money goes for abortions when it's really 3% and when questions he says he doesn't bother with the correct figures it's just what he thinks there you h ave the party of hell no. the party that hates women, the party that is only for the rich, the party who hates anyone who doesn't follow their so called christians beliefs which are so corrupted their Jesus probably doesn't recognize it anymore.

    April 30, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  3. king

    Obama need to get on the road with his optimism tour, he need to ask Congress to tax the rich so they can invest in modernization of our country, when the rich invest, the money will eventually end up in their hand anyways, all Obama will be doing is allowing us local folks to get a touch of the money. Rebuild modernization, is what this country need for our future. Mitten plan is to push money to the rich knowing these folks will not build bridges and roads, if they did we wont beable to ride on them because of the toll fee they would charge. Let rebuild this country and get our people working, let us start feeling proud of America again, and if these obstructionist repubs want to stop this modernization, remind them the election is just around the corner, and they will be doing this at their own petrol.

    April 30, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  4. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    Rmoney campaign's case: Backward

    April 30, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Evert positive thing that President Obama has done, has been accomplished without a single vote from the republican party. It seems their oath to Grover Norquist is far more important than their oath to the United States.

    April 30, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans do not think it is fair for Obama to talk about his accomplishments, because "W" did not have any.

    April 30, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  7. Stephen Daugherty

    The important thing to keep in mind is that nearly all the jobs that would be lost were lost within the first six or seven months of his taking office, most intensely following the panics of the previous year. We had an 8.9% annualized drop in GDP the previous quarter, and the quarter that followed would see a drop of over 6%. This isn't what Obama is responsible for, this is the weight of the disaster that the previous president inflicted on the naton carrying over into the next year, the first year of his successor.

    A successor, who to date, against the most obstructive Republican Party delegation in American history (that's sadly not an exaggeration, look at the cloture findings in the Senate and the minimal output from the Republican House) has still managed to recover the damage. Republican politicians these days are only good at getting in the way of anybody who would dissent from their views. This President's done far more than simply tell the other party that they're wrong, he's proved them wrong, time and again.

    April 30, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  8. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Obama understands that you can cut taxes to really low levels and expect to cut the debt as well. If someone really claims that they have a plan to cut the debt without raising taxes, then he or she is a liar. One side of the ledger can't do it all.

    April 30, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    Economy is much better. Dollar is up. Employment is getting better. Obama12.

    April 30, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  10. Dumb Lefty

    And MSNBC's is "Lean Forward", coincidence? They shill for Obama anyways so they may as well have the same slogan.

    April 30, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |