Republicans have taken a cue from Ronald Reagan’s playbook in 1980 in which he asked the country, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” and have asked the same question about President Obama’s last four years.
It may have taken a little longer than many would’ve liked for the Obama campaign to return fire, but this week Democrats and other supporters rallied to the President’s side and said, emphatically, yes. Nancy Pelosi recalled how the U.S. economy was teetering on the verge of collapse and how the bailout by Bush administration followed by another stimulus by the Obama administration helped staunch job losses, which were occuring at a rate of about 800,000 a month in January 2009. Vice President Joseph Biden also chimed in, saying bluntly, “[Osama] bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.”
Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress, echoed these sentiments in a session at the 2012 Democratic National Convention: Charlotte hosted by The Atlantic and the National Journal.