Remember that 2004 speech that launched Barack Obama as a national political figure?
It’s what allows us to pursue our individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family: “E pluribus unum,” out of many, one. . . There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America. . . There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America. . . We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.
He didn’t mean a word of it. Sure, he could talk the talk during his meteoric ascent, but now, facing the end of his political career, we see how he really is:
The Romney campaign ripped President Obama after the president suggested Friday that supporters take “revenge” by voting against the Republican nominee.
During a speech in Springfield, Ohio, . . . he mentioned Mitt Romney, drawing boos from the crowd. “No, no, no — don’t boo, vote,” Obama said. “Vote. Voting is the best revenge.”
When his own future is as stake, all that unity stuff is out the window. Now it’s time for revenge.
Of course, it’s not just this year. In 2010, when facing the first political reverses of his political career, he struck a similar tone, calling for Latinos to “punish our enemies”.
UPDATE: “Obama campaign struggles to explain ‘revenge’ remark.”