This story comes to CNN from an unnamed White House source, someone who apparently knows exactly what Obama is feeling and is not afraid to share it, along with portions of his new speech.
Does anyone think sources this close to the president just leak things like this willy nilly? Do his top aides stand around the water cooler and say ‘Hey, did you see that CNN story today? Yeah, that was me.’ I don’t think so. This has all the signs of a carefully crafted piece of PR placed to create anticipation among the Democratic faithful, some of whom might be feeling down about the mauling Hillary Clinton’s reputation took last week. But fear not! The campaigner-in-chief will return to drag Hillary’s lying rear end across the line. Yes he can!
Obama is chomping at the bit to get out and “get people fired up,” a White House source said, but the President will remain largely on the sidelines until the Democrats have a nominee.
Obama expects to “explode onto the scene” once the nominee is selected and “knows his power” to fire up the Democratic base, the source said.
“It’s driving him crazy” to be mostly hands off at this time, the source added.
CNN also got a preview of Obama’s latest speech, which sounds remarkably like every other speech he has given recently:
“The ideas I’ve laid out today won’t solve every problem, or make everybody financially secure overnight,” Obama will say, according excerpts from his remarks provided by the White House.
“But they’ll point us in the right direction. And one thing I can promise you is that if we turn against each other based on divisions of race or religion, then we won’t build on the progress we’ve started. If we get cynical and just vote our fears, or don’t vote at all, we won’t build on the progress we’ve started. We’ve got to come together around our common values, our faith in hard work and opportunity for everyone. We’ve got to assume the best in each other, and not the worst — because whatever our differences, we all love this country and care fiercely about our children’s futures.”
Democrats love this stuff, just look how well Obama’s approval rating is doing these days. Apparently only a minority of Americans find his grand pronouncements tiresome. After nearly eight years of listening to him I feel like I don’t need the performance any more. Just hand me the text and I can hear it in Obama’s voice. You probably can too. See if this sound right:
They’ll point us in the right direction. [pause, finger raised] And one thing I can promise you is that if we turn against each other based on divisions of race [pause] or religion, [long pause, searching look] then we won’t build on the progress we’ve started. If we get cynical and just vote our fears, or don’t vote at all, [pause, self-evident tone] we won’t build on the progress we’ve started. We’ve got to come together around our common values, [pause] our faith in hard work and opportunity for everyone. [pause, let it sink in, hand gesture] We’ve got to assume the best in each other, and [vocal fry] not the worst [/vocal fry] — because whatever our differences, [stacatto, possible podium pounding] we all love this country [/stacatto] and [vocal fry] care fiercely [/vocal fry] about our children’s futures.
Can America carry on without pearls of presidential wisdom like these? Yes [vocal fry] we can.[/vocal fry]