In President Barack Obama’s much-anticipated acceptance speech in Charlotte, he sounded at times to be relying on the reverse of the old breakup line: “It’s not you, it’s me.” He told the American public that it is “you,” and not he as president, who must hold firm behind his recovery efforts if the country is to bounce back economically over the next four years.
Rather than taking advantage of Mitt Romney’s failure in Tampa to provide specific details on what he would do to turn the economy around, Mr. Obama likewise fell short on any new approaches to break the stalemate. Instead, he called on the millions who put him in the Oval Office four years ago to trust the cards he has been holding all along.
As Bill Clinton did with more spark and detail the previous night, the president cited the immense challenge he still faces after years of fiscal neglect and policy calamities, pleading for more time to stay the course. It is a plea that could not save Republican President Gerald Ford in 1976, for the obvious reason that he struggled under an unlucky inheritance of his own in Watergate, plus his pardon of Richard Nixon upon succeeding him.