One of the emerging themes of President Obama’s reelection campaign is that he’s late with his homework.
He was given four years to fix the economy, and it clearly won’t be done. So he is starting to hypnotize voters:
“We can’t solve this overnight; we can’t solve this overnight; it’s going to take time; keep your eyes on on the swinging watch; it’s going to take time; it’s going to take time.”
From one of his speeches yesterday:
And I think most Americans know that our economic problems weren’t caused overnight . . .
These are problems that built up over a decade or more. They won’t be solved overnight. It’s going to take time to rebuild an America — (applause) — to rebuild an America where hard work is valued and responsibility is rewarded; where people don’t feel like they’ve got the deck stacked against them; where everybody is getting a fair shot and everybody is contributing their fair share.
It is going to take time to rebuild an America where we restore security for the middle class and opportunity for folks trying to get in the middle class, an economy that works for everybody and not just for folks at the top. That’s our goal. (Applause.)
And it will take time to rebuild an economy that is competitive in the 21st century, that’s built to last — one where we can out-build and out-compete, out-educate, out-innovate other nations — which means we’ve got to step up on our education. We’ve got to invest in basic science. We’ve got to improve our infrastructure. We’ve got to close our deficits. We’ve got to get our fiscal house in order. We got a lot of work to do. It’s going to take time.
But I’m here to tell you we are going to get it done. We are going to keep fighting.
The Republicans have a pretty good rejoinder to this, a response that will appeal to lots of Americans: