President Obama Wednesday evening sounded almost like he was delivering a Republican attack ad against himself, asserting that the middle class remains in an economic bind four years into his presidency and singing the praises of George W. Bush.
Obama spoke during a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Dallas:
Middle-class families all across America are struggling to get by. And things have stabilized since the crisis in 2008, but for a lot of folks, they’re still just barely keeping their heads above water. There are millions of kids across this country who are still poorly educated or malnourished, or don’t have any place to go outside of school.
Obama during the campaign of course sought to minimize problems the country was having. But his remarks last night were made in a very different context – designed to create a sense of urgency among donors that tasks remain to be done and money is needed to turn the House Democratic so Obama can achieve his remaining agenda.
Instead of blaming Bush for bequeathing him a terrible legacy, Obama praised his predecessor.
President Bush loves this country and loves its people and shared that same concern and was concerned about all people in America, not just some, not just those who voted Republican. I think that’s true about him and I think that’s true about most of us.
Again, Obama’s perspective shifted based on the context of his remarks: he knew that the next day – today – he would come face to face with the man he has repeatedly held responsible for America’s ugly state of affairs, attending the dedication of the Bush presidential library.
The fundraiser included about 60 guests who paid from $10,000 to $32,400 for dinner with Obama at the fundraiser, which was held at the home of Naomi Aberly, a top Democratic bundler, and her husband Laurence Lebowitz, a hedge fund investor.