Tuesday, June 19, 2012
President Obama is emulating former President George W. Bush’s reelection argument to voters from 2004: Be patient and give me more time.
Bush prevailed by using this argument against Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) when the subject was the Iraq War.
Obama is asking for patience on the economy — turf less likely to foster stoicism or a sense of shared national sacrifice — and he is doing so in the wake of three ‘wave’ elections in a row, in 2006, 2008 and 2010.