Obama Wins: ‘I Agree with You. Now Make Me Do It.”
November 7, 2012
Quick reaction, more later.
For all the results up and down the ticket, the overwhelming importance of re-electing Barack Obama, with potentially 2 or more Supreme Court appointments imminent, is the most important result with multi-generational ramifications.
Obama was the only the candidate with a slim chance of helping us head off catastrophe. The operative anecdote comes from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s remarks to supporters 80 years ago, when they outlined a progressive agenda – “I agree with you. Now make me do it.”
Grounds for hope came early in the President’s acceptance speech:
But despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America’s future. We want our kids to grow up in a country where they have access to the best schools and the best teachers.
A country that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation, with all the good jobs and new businesses that follow.
OBAMA: We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality, that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.
In stating priorities, Obama placed climate change in the same sentence as the national debt, and social justice. That’s a powerful statement of priorities, not an afterthought. That’s our outline for the coming 4 years. So, take a break, take a nap, – I’m going to – then let’s get to work.