Early 2009 was a heady time in Washington. Big plans were hatched. Optimism ran high. The future looked bright, even while recession ravaged the country. Our new president’s inaugural addressed promised great things. The word “Republican” was not used once in that speech, and Mr.
When the UK’s Prime Minister has had his fill of being pilloried for the budget cuts announced last week, we should offer him a job. This country needs someone with the courage to do more than shift priorities to give the appearance of cutting spending.
Now, you would have thought that given the crisis, when we got to Washington Democrats and Republicans would come together, we’d put politics aside and deal with this once-in-a-generation challenge. 
President Barack Obama, October 22, 2010
With the possible exception of the aftermath of September 11th, it is very difficult to remember a national crisis where the solution took precedence over partisanship.
So, America may be speaking out, but Republicans in Congress sure aren’t listening. They want to put special interests back in the driver’s seat in Washington.
President Barack Obama 
The decisive influence of special interests has made a mockery of our representative government.
Now, let me tell you, another thing we’ve done is to make long-overdue investments in upgrading our outdated, our inefficient national infrastructure. We’re talking roads. We’re talking bridges. We’re talking dams, levees. But we’re also talking a smart electric grid that can bring clean energy to new areas.
The strength of our economy can be measured by the strength of our middle class.
President Barack Obama 
Washington adores the middle class, and politicians seeking reelection are making a special effort to convey the middle class’s bedrock importance. The president began fighting for the middle class even before he assumed office:
As president, Obama will fight to modernize government policies to secure and expand the middle class.
And just as we condemn intolerance and extremism abroad, so will we stay true to our traditions here at home as a diverse and tolerant nation.
President Barack Obama, September 11, 2010 
We have been subjected to a hell broth of sanctimony occasioned by an opportunistic New York imam and a publicity-grabbing Florida preacher who lost a gamble and found himself waiting for an audience on his target’s home turf.