This campaign spot [via] will begin running nationally today, especially in battleground states. It's untraditional in the sense that it's simply two minutes of Barack Obama talking to the viewer about the economy—no graphics, no music, no flashiness of any kind. It's just straightforward, and—dare I say it?—a political ad for adults.
I love it. I love the tone of it, I love the content (aside from the "outworn ideas of the Left" bit, which still sets my teeth on edge), and I love that it's actual evidence of that change we've been promised. This isn't campaigning as usual. This is better. And, particularly compared to the outrageous, mendacious dogwank John McCain's been putting out the past couple of weeks, this is like a breath of fresh air in what has been a truly hideous election.
I don't know if it will work—but I respect the hell out of Obama for giving it a chance, for assuming the best in voters for a change, instead of the worst.
And, personally, I've never considered nor found the high road to be a bad strategy.
In the past few weeks, Wall Street's been rocked as banks closed and markets tumbled. But for many of you -- the people I've met in town halls, backyards and diners across America -- our troubled economy isn't news. 600,000 Americans have lost their jobs since January. Paychecks are flat and home values are falling. It's hard to pay for gas and groceries and if you put it on a credit card they've probably raised your rates. You're paying more than ever for health insurance that covers less and less.
This isn't just a string of bad luck. The truth is that while you've been living up to your responsibilities Washington has not. That's why we need change. Real change.
This is no ordinary time and it shouldn't be an ordinary election. But much of this campaign has been consumed by petty attacks and distractions that have nothing to do with you or how we get America back on track.
Here's what I believe we need to do. Reform our tax system to give a $1,000 tax break to the middle class instead of showering more on oil companies and corporations that outsource our jobs. End the "anything goes" culture on Wall Street with real regulation that protects your investments and pensions. Fast track a plan for energy 'made-in-America' that will free us from our dependence on mid-east oil in 10 years and put millions of Americans to work. Crack down on lobbyists -- once and for all -- so their back-room deal-making no longer drowns out the voices of the middle class and undermines our common interests as Americans. And yes, bring a responsible end to the war in Iraq so we stop spending billions each month rebuilding their country when we should be rebuilding ours.
Doing these things won't be easy. But we're Americans. We've met tough challenges before. And we can again.
I'm Barack Obama. I hope you'll read my economic plan. I approved this message because bitter, partisan fights and outworn ideas of the Left and the Right won't solve the problems we face today. But a new spirit of unity and shared responsibility will.