The Obama campaign has spent a great deal of time telling us that John McCain just doesn't get it. That he just doesn't realize that people are hurting. They make reference to idiot comments made by people in the McCain camp, rather than statements actually made by McCain to prove their point.
So let's see what each candidate said about the problems facing Americans.
*Part II - Today's Challenges Facing Americans:*
"These are tough times for many of you. You're worried about keeping your job or finding a new one, and you're struggling to put food on the table and stay in your home. All you've ever asked of your government is to stand on your side and not in your way. And that's what I intend to do: stand on your side and fight for your future...
...I fight for Americans. I fight for you. I fight for Bill and Sue Nebe from Farmington Hills, Michigan, who lost their real estate investments in the bad housing market. Bill got a temporary job after he was out of work for seven months. Sue works three jobs to help pay the bills.I fight for Jake and Toni Wimmer of Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Jake works on a loading dock, coaches Little League, and raises money for the mentally and physically disabled. Toni is a schoolteacher, working toward her master's degree. They have two sons. The youngest, Luke, has been diagnosed with autism. Their lives should matter to the people they elect to office. And they matter to me. And they matter to you.
I fight for the family of Matthew Stanley of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Matthew died serving our country in Iraq. I wear his bracelet and think of him every day. I intend to honor their sacrifice by making sure the country their son loved so well and never returned to remains safe from its enemies.
I fight to restore the pride and principles of our party. We were elected to change Washington, and we let Washington change us. We lost the trust of the American people when some Republicans gave in to the temptations of corruption. We lost their trust when rather than reform government, both parties made it bigger. We lost their trust when instead of freeing ourselves from a dangerous dependence on foreign oil, both parties -- and Senator Obama – passed another corporate welfare bill for oil companies. We lost their trust when we valued our power over our principles."
"We meet at one of those defining moments - a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more.
Tonight, more Americans are out of work and more are working harder for less. More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can't afford to drive, credit card bills you can't afford to pay, and tuition that's beyond your reach.
These challenges are not all of government's making. But the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush.
America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this.
This country is more decent than one where a woman in Ohio, on the brink of retirement, finds herself one illness away from disaster after a lifetime of hard work.
This country is more generous than one where a man in Indiana has to pack up the equipment he's worked on for twenty years and watch it shipped off to China, and then chokes up as he explains how he felt like a failure when he went home to tell his family the news.
We are more compassionate than a government that lets veterans sleep on our streets and families slide into poverty; that sits on its hands while a major American city drowns before our eyes."
I would think that Obama's comment to an audience in New Philadelphia, Ohio...before Sarah Palin's speech...was a bit premature. The two candidates hadn't even given their speeches. He said, “You did not hear a single word about the economy. Not once did they mention the hardships that people are going through.”
I think McCain...if I'm not mistaken...did mention American hardships. I think he gets it. A politician would have to be blind, deaf and dumb to not get it. I even think Bush gets it. Democrats do not have the corner market on compassion.
It's extremely unfair for all the blame to be placed a Bush's feet. Yes, Bush does share some of the blame...but not all of it. Congress shares some of the blame. Former President Clinton's policies contributed to some of the problems. Mother nature, greedy corporations, terrorists, banks, and individuals themselves also contributed to the problems.