Obama’s big speech to college students: “We cannot sit this one out!”

posted at 9:25 pm on September 28, 2010 by Allahpundit

If you want to know why he sounds so shrill and desperate at the end of the clip, that’s because he is. One last factoid from that WSJ poll I just wrote about:

The NBC/WSJ pollsters attribute the tightening to increased enthusiasm for the upcoming midterms by African Americans (who saw a six-point gain in high interest) and Hispanics (who saw an 11-point gain).

But young voters, who helped fuel Obama’s presidential victory in 2008, are now sitting on the sidelines. Just 35 percent of those ages 18-34 are enthusiastic about the election in November, versus 65 percent of seniors who say that.

At the Standard, Mary Katharine Ham reminds us that Generation O isn’t liberal across the board, but they’re surely liberal enough that big turnout versus small turnout could mean the difference between a Democratic Three Mile Island and a Democratic Chernobyl in November. Which, I guess, explains why The One has lately started sounding like an angry daddy scolding a spoiled child for not doing as he’s told. Check out this bit from the very end of the Rolling Stone piece that Ed wrote about earlier. The interview was already over when Obama stormed back into the room to lay a paternal “and another thing!” on Wenner:

One closing remark that I want to make: It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election…

Everybody out there has to be thinking about what’s at stake in this election and if they want to move forward over the next two years or six years or 10 years on key issues like climate change, key issues like how we restore a sense of equity and optimism to middle-class families who have seen their incomes decline by five percent over the last decade. If we want the kind of country that respects civil rights and civil liberties, we’d better fight in this election…

We have to get folks off the sidelines. People need to shake off this lethargy, people need to buck up. Bringing about change is hard — that’s what I said during the campaign. It has been hard, and we’ve got some lumps to show for it. But if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.

CBS aptly describes it as a “stern, lecturing tone,” which is always attractive in a politician, and Tapper has taken to openly snarking about it in his blog posts per the last line here. All in all, it’s playing about as well with liberals as you’d expect, with the head of the Progressive Congress Action Fund calling it “a remarkably condescending message.” Keep up the great work, champ. Exit question: I might have missed something over the past 20 months, but how is Obama some sort of obviously superior choice to the GOP on civil liberties? His one big concession to the left was officially ending enhanced interrogation, but he’s retained rendition as an option in case he needs foreign interrogators to work a suspect over and has kept or even expanded most of Bush’s other war powers. In fact, not only does The One now claim the power to target U.S. citizens like Anwar al-Aulaqi with drone strikes abroad, but he’s willing to go to court to try to shield his decisions about that from judicial review. Some improvement.

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ajacksonian on September 29, 2010 at 6:22 AM

Here’s what Taylor Marsh had to say about Obama yesterday …
[[The hubris of Pres. Obama to point the finger at voters at a time when it’s his responsibility and that of the Dem leadership to make the case for Democrats is choking.
Pres. Obama obviously thinks Democratic voters are his bitch and an abused one at that; the more you whip the stupid wench the more she’ll perform for you, no matter whether she gets anything for her trouble. After all, she’s got nowhere else to go, right?]]


lizzieillinois on September 29, 2010 at 6:30 AM

Mae on September 29, 2010 at 5:23 AM

I’m waiting for him to don the wife beater.

Keep it real, B.

NoDonkey on September 29, 2010 at 6:48 AM

We cannot s.it this one out?

I think Obowma left out the letter H.

If it looks like a turd, smells like a turd, chances are……

Obowma is a just a gasbag who has learned the country HATES what he is shoveling.

dthorny on September 29, 2010 at 7:01 AM

Don’t worry, Mr. Obama. We don’t plan to sit this one out. Lady Liberty is once again on the march…


Check this out! We have 34 days, Patriots. It’s time to take our country back.

UnderstandingisPower on September 29, 2010 at 7:09 AM

I think it’s funny how Obama complains about “the opposition” when he’s had numbers in congress that most Presidents only dream of having.

Really, he is lashing out at the American people, not the Republicans. He truly does hate his country.

gatorfanatic on September 29, 2010 at 7:45 AM

What a friggin’ putz. My paycheck just got smaller because there’s now a bigger deduction for health care benefits. And this schmuck is trying to light wet matches with crappola about climate change and middle class blah, blah, blah. I think I’ll get in line at 4:00 a.m. on election day to punish whatever Democrat’s name’s on the ballet.

olesparkie on September 29, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Obama’s big speech to college students: “We cannot sit this one out!”

Forgot the obvious: “Yes we can.”

College students, stay home this November.

rbj on September 29, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Maybe the students have tried to get a college loan and discovered a change.

Kissmygrits on September 29, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Obviously he can’t campaign on the things that they have done…bailout, healthcare but complain about the opposition holding him back? What the hell is this guy talking about? You got you wanted because you had the majority…save this speech for 2011 re-election campaign, that is if you decide to even try to run again.

JayJay123 on September 29, 2010 at 9:00 AM

I keep wondering just how many people would’ve shown up for another boring lecture from Obama had Ben Harper not given a free concert?????

uncalheels on September 29, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Don’t worry “Cousin Eddie” I’m not sittin this one out! Got my mother in laws absentee ballot sent in, have three more applications in my car for unengaged but receptive citizens and will take two others with me to the polls. My vote won’t count it will count at LEAST four times Jerkoff!

dhunter on September 29, 2010 at 9:39 AM

olesparkie on September 29, 2010 at 8:28 AM
Don’t go alone take someone with you and get absentee ballots for those who won’t go.

dhunter on September 29, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Go ahead college kids. Vote for Obutthead. Then you get the distinct honor and privilege of standing in unemployment lines, or not getting a job at all. You also get, as a consolation prize…food stamps, and huge student loans, with no job in site, and no way to pay them back. Hope n Change OButthead style!

capejasmine on September 29, 2010 at 9:59 AM

I would like to see the President hold one of his rallies someplace other than a liberal college campus — without a rock star to open for him! It’s pathetic that he only feels comfortable preaching to a captive audience of kids. Btw, read a comment on another website that the place they chose on the campus was the primary foot traffic choke point for the school, meaning lots of folks just trying to get by are also in the crowd. Madison is one of the most liberal cities in America. They held a rock concert with Ben Harper before Obama to draw more crowds. It was also projected to be a beautiful day, weather-wise. Man, what a build-up and major effort to crank out a crowd!! How much sugar does this man need to get people to turn out??

EasyEight on September 29, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Bammie used the rock-concert-first scam to pump up many of his appearances during the campaign. That fact was often ‘lost’ in the liberal media coverage.

slickwillie2001 on September 29, 2010 at 11:02 AM

the Generation O’s that I know that are conservative are those that have figured out they are on the wrong end of the social security bubble (there are other bubbles) and that they will be paying more and receiving less than the Baby Boomers (sorry kid. They also realize that Obama Care is designed for them to pick up the medical tab for us older guys.

pgrossjr on September 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM

And another thing; he doesn’t sound like the angry daddy, he sounds like the angry professor upset that the class keeps falling asleep during his lectures.

pgrossjr on September 29, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Got a kick out of JFKerry saying that the electorate is not paying attention to everything that had been done for them.
(disregard the obvious response about the degree of attention during this electoral session as opposed to other sessions when Americans ended up voting Democrat.)

Then the student leader of the Dems at UW says that interest is now starting to pick up since they’ve been able to educate the students on the candidates who are on the ballot for statewide offices.

Do you think the average Tea Party participant “who hasn’t been paying attention” has to be educated about who their candidates for statewide office are???? And these are our best and brightest who deserve to be heard more than you and I do?

Students, follow the serious example set by your President: play golf, go to concerts, go on a few dates, play golf, keep your Facebook updated (instead of your crackberry), play golf, come late to class, and when it comes time to vote, vote “Present.”

rwenger43 on September 29, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Hmmm…Did I read that right? He said that middle class wages were in decline and had been for awhile? (I’m sure that’s a paraphraze of what was said!) Something is wrong here because we are a middle class family with one source of income (my husband works, I perform in plays for little or no money.) which has seen a steady increase in pay status ever since my hubby retired from the Air Force. We’ve been paid off early every loan that we’ve had, with the exception of the house note. (penalty fee for early pay-off. They want us to stay in debt. Chase…need I say more.) Our credit card balances are cleared every month. We paid cash for our daughter’s education so she’s debt free. We have the ability to buy groceries or help pay house notes or give to education funds for those who come to our attention who might be struggling with these issues. We tithe and give at our church and to ministries making a difference in peoples lives here at home and around the world. Life is good. We are blessed. So please tell me what planet the dimball in chief (I’m sorry. Blessed child of God in chief) is from???? I’m thinking he’s from the planet Hyperbole orbitting the MSNBC star traveling with the outer arm of the Alinsky Constellation located at the event horizon of the Progressive Black Hole, third star on the left and straight on ’til morning because his feet surely haven’t walked the same earth this family has been walking. Seriously: If you aren’t praying for this administration, you need to start!

Note to the Chief: You command us to pay attention. Um… sir? WE ARE!!

Driefromseattle on September 29, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Driefromseattle on September 29, 2010 at 3:11 PM

“third star on the left and straight on ’til morning”

Lord help me, I’ve now this image of Obama in a Peter Pan outfit flitting across the sky. And it won’t go away.


coldwarrior on September 29, 2010 at 3:20 PM

What if they just vote “present” like Obama did when he was Senator so many times?

scotash on September 29, 2010 at 6:55 PM