Obama’s Rhetoric Has Not Been Kind to Galesburg

The Chicago Tribune came out with an article today entitled, “In Galesburg, Few Signs of a U.S. Recovery Taking Hold,” featuring the same town in which President Obama delivered one of his speeches yesterday.  And as the President continues to deliver the same prepared remarks – offering no new ideas – towns like Galesburg are suffering. Below are a few takeaways from the Chicago Tribune article and what the pundits are saying about the President’s speech.

  • Galesburg still hasn’t recovered from the closing of a Maytag plant over a decade ago, despite promises from this administration to put America back to work.
  • The median income of former Maytag employees fell from $40-$50k to $30-$40k over the past decade.
  • Disposable income has been erased in Galesburg.
  • The middle class is rapidly disappearing.
  • Economic uncertainty is still a very real problem in this country.

What They Are Saying About Obama’s Speech – The Same Speech, Nothing New, We’ve Heard It Before.

The country has seen white house economic road shows before. This one is called a better bargain for the middle class. It follows winning the future, we can’t wait, and middle-class jobs and opportunity. The names change but the themes do not.” (CBS This Morning, Major Garrett, 7/25/13)

“In eight years, through two presidential campaigns and in the White House, Obama has repeatedly cribbed his own 2005 speech.” (Obama then and now: Eight years later, the speech is the same, Zeke Miller, Time, 7/25/13)

I didn’t hear anything new (in Obama’s speech).” (MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Chuck Todd, 7/25/13)

“The president told an audience that sat behind the podium, in standard Obama ‘12 formation, to hear many of the same themes he deployed against Mitt Romney.” (Obama’s new bid to ‘get back in the groove’, Glenn Thrush and Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico, 7/24/13)

“You could be forgiven if you thought you had heard President Obama’s speech on the economy today before. Because you have.  For most of the 2012 campaign.” (Meet President Obama’s new economic message. Same as his old economic message, Chris Cillizza, Washington Post, 7/24/13)

“The economic themes Obama spoke of Wednesday were strikingly similar to address at Knox College eight years ago as a young Illinois senator.” (Obama: Washington took its eye off economic ball, Darlene Superville, Associated Press, 7/24/13)