President Obama and his senior aides are billing Wednesday’s speech at Knox College in Illinois as a major moment in his second term, a unique opportunity to restart a debate over the right way forward for the nation’s economy on his terms.
“Our goal … is to lay out a vision and a plan, and then to just keep on pushing — not just legislatively, but across the board — so that we’re changing the nature of the conversation and focusing on what matters,” Obama said in a preview of the speech at a fundraiser Monday night for Organizing for Action, a grass-roots group manned by several of his former campaign aides.
“Vision.” “Plan.” “Changing the nature of the conversation.” Obama was laying down a marker; this was going to be a b-i-g speech. Mark it on your calendars.
And yet, during that same OFA fundraiser, Obama acknowledged that no matter how lofty his goals or his rhetoric, the fundamental realities of the politics of the economy were almost certain to remain unchanged. ”I’m excited about the speech, not because I think the speech is going to change any minds,” he said.
Read More at Washington Post . By Chris Cillizza and Sean Sullivan.