From National Review Online by Kathryn Jean Lopez
‘I expect to be judged by results. . . . If stuff hasn’t worked and people don’t feel like I’ve led the country in the right direction, then you’ll have a new president.”
Barack Obama may regret having said that at a stimulus pep rally in 2009.
“The party’s over, the smoke has cleared,” says Gerald from Iowa. Gerald, by the way, has “voted Democrat” his “entire life.”
“I’m a lifelong Democrat,” says Dorrie from Pennsylvania.
“My dad was a Democrat. My mother was a Democrat. I’ve converted my wife to a Democrat,” says Jack from Iowa.
“I voted for the wrong guy,” says Nancy, a Democrat from Ohio.
“As he would say, we’re ready for a change,” says Matthew, an independent from Virginia.
After hearing from 40 independents and Democrats from swing states, the new documentary The Hope and the Change ends with this question: “Can we go through another four years of this?” What would America look like after another four years of squandered opportunities for economic stewardship, and of leadership priorities driven by radical ideology contrary to the much-celebrated unifying tone Barack Obama rode into office on?
It’s a tragic story. A story of people who pinned their hopes and dreams on political rhetoric and have been left not just disappointed but despondent.“If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now when he’s President Obama?” is how Mitt Romney introduced the case for himself at the Republican convention. “You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him.”