Obama Doesn’t Want You To Be Cynical
Seriously, is there anything to be cynical about? Isn’t everything all lollipops and unicorns?
(The Hill) President Obama’s message in 2008 was hope and change. In 2012, it was change takes time.
In 2014, it’s don’t be so cynical.
As Obama struggles with the lowest approval ratings in his presidency and the real chance his party could lose the Senate in the midterm elections later this year, the one constant in his speeches – from weighty economic addresses to small fundraisers – is now: “Hope is a better choice than cynicism.”
It’s a recent shift–which began with commencement addresses meant to inspire young graduates, and the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to help under-privileged young people.
But now the sentiment is seeping into nearly every single speech Obama delivers, highlighting how the White House is trying to use the message to win over voters and play off Republicans ahead of the midterm elections.
The IRS targeting Conservative groups, a stagnant economy, real wages down tremendously, historic numbers of citizens dropping out of the workforce in despair, savings in the toilet, foreign policy a mess….the list continues on and on. It’s hard to consider what should be on that list without writing a book. But, hey, don’t be cynical!
In recent speeches in Austin and Kansas City, the words cynical or cynicism have appeared as many as a dozen times in the president’s text as Obama plays the role of a motivational speaker and psychologist for voters.
“You can’t afford to be cynical,” Obama told a packed crowd in Kansas City last week. “Cynicism is fashionable sometimes. You see it all over our culture, all over TV, everybody likes putting stuff down and being cynical and being negative, and that shows somehow that you’re sophisticated and you’re cool.
“You know what–cynicism didn’t put a man on the moon,” he continued, before ticking off a list of other non-cynical monumental events.
Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about that anytime soon, since NASA has moved its focus from space to manufacturing “climate change” data along with massaging the self esteem of Muslims.
“He doesn’t see ‘hope’ as blind optimism or happy talk but as a belief that forces us to keep trying in the face of adversity and fear and doubt,” said Jon Favreau, who served as Obama’s chief speechwriter at the White House and during his two presidential campaigns. “Cynicism is the idea that the game is rigged, everyone’s in it for himself or herself, and there’s no point in trying to make a difference.
Which is hilarious, when you really think about it, because Obama is in it only for himself.