"Forward" May be Obama's Reelection Theme – But Americans Would be Wise to Look at His Record

A fantastic new study came out today in Current Biology that should totally upend climate science (OK, not really). According to British scientists dinosaur farts may have actually raised global average temperatures by as much as 18 degree Fahrenheit. Yes, global warming in the Mesozoic era was caused by flatulence. The BBC reports,

“British scientists have calculated the methane output of sauropods, including the species known as Brontosaurus.

By scaling up the digestive wind of cows, they estimate that the population of dinosaurs – as a whole – produced 520 million tones of gas annually.

They suggest that the gas could have been a key factor in the warm climate 150 million years ago.”

That’s a lot of hot air. Which brings us to Obama (see what we did there!?!) whose constant stream of truth-stretching, fibs, and outright lies far outweighs the blowing bluster of the ancient dinosaurs.

On Saturday President Obama formally kicked off his reelection campaign in Ohio with another populist speech about how much America must spend to get back to its roots. You didn’t read that wrong. Despite months of flying to every swing state on the map to bash Republicans and highlight his own election-tailored proposals, those weren’t “campaign events.” Why, you may be asking? Because it allowed him to use taxpayer funds rather than dip into his own fat fundraising coffers…ah, the privileges of the presidency.

The speech was built around President Obama newly unveiled campaign slogan: “Forward.” Yep, that’s it. The supposed best minds in the messaging business spent days, weeks, months in a room to come up with the perfect phrase to launch the biggest election campaign in American history and they came up with “forward,” a brazen MSNBC knock off.

“’Forward,’ the Obama campaign will be declaiming to Americans,” writes Ross Douthat in the New York Times, “which feels like a none-too-subtle admission that a look backward at the Obama economic record might be bad news for the president’s reelection prospects.”

Indeed, Obama seemed to be doing everything he could to shield himself from the past. Thus far, Obama has arguably helped to usher through three major pieces of legislation: the stimulus, health care reform, and Dodd-Frank. These were supposed to be his signature pieces of legislation, his make or break moments. And now he won’t even discuss them.

“On issue after issue, we can’t afford to spend the next four years going backward,” Obama told the Ohio crowd. “America doesn’t need to refight the battled we just had over Wall Street reform and health care reform.”

In other words, I thought these would be popular, they aren’t popular, so let’s all do me a favor and pretend they just never happened, mmkay?

So what does Obama want to talk about?

Well, nothing really. He’s willing to toss out some platitudes about what America should be – one in which “if you’re willing to work hard, you should be able to find a good job” and one in which if “you’re willing to meet your responsibilities, you should be able to own a home, maybe start a business, give your children the chance to do better.”

All good stuff, and you’d be hard pressed to find a Republican who disagreed with any of that. The problem is that he provides no prescription on how to get there besides throwing out the same “hope and change” line again (yes, it’s really back). But as we’ve learned the hard way over the past four years “hope” doesn’t hand out many paychecks and “change” isn’t hiring.

So forgive us if we don’t buy into the same talk that led to record high youth unemployment. We apologize if we won’t be suckered by words that have led to the longest, slowest recovery since the Great Depression. Sorry if we don’t buy your talk when the American Dream is fading for an entire generation of graduates who have been forced to move back home, take lesser jobs, put off getting married and starting families, and attempt to survive with more debt and less income.

I guess what we’re trying to say is…spare us the hot air.