Five Obama campaign phrases we won’t miss

At least the campaign rhetoric is over, and there are several Obama phrases that have become tired and redundant that we won't have to hear any more. Photo: Associated Press

CHARLOTTENovember 6, 2012 — We are finally down to the only polls that count. Even political junkies have to be thankful that it is coming to an end. At least for a day or two.

The rhetoric is over. The campaign speeches are finished. Which means that those tired, road-weary phrases that have plagued us for seemingly endless months will finally be put to rest.

Four years ago Barack Obama brought the country renewed optimism. Somewhere along the line his tone changed, even though his attitude did not. Today Obama is angry. He came into office that way, but his thin skin and failed policies have brought that anger to the surface.

Through it all, there have been several catch phrases that have become increasingly fatigued. Obama likes to criticize his opponent for having no new ideas. Perhaps that is because the president never had any new ideas of his own, except to systematically change the focus of our country.

Here is a list of the top five expressions from the campaign trail that we will no longer have hear now that the election is over.

“We’ve come too far.” This is the only one of the five Obama statements that is not a lie. We have indeed come a long way. What would this country do without a “cool” president? No more celebrity parties at the White House. No more fawning media that ignores terrorist attacks in Libya or refuses to admit we have a financial crisis in this country.

We have come so far that the president wants the American people to give him four more years to officially drive the bus over the cliff. It will only take a second Obama administration two years or less to accomplish the task. By then we will not recognize the country we once knew. Indeed we have come too far.

“I say what I mean, and I mean what I say.” Since when? Obama has yet to say what he means about anything. He is so “cool” that he deliberates for weeks on every decision he is forced make in order to be absolutely sure that he gets it right.

Will someone please explain just what it is that the president has gotten right in four years?

Let’s see, “The unemployment rate will be 5.2%.” Or how about “I will cut the deficit in half.” Try this one: “We’ve got a lot of work to do” (as he heads to the golf course).

The most amazing thing about this campaign phrase is that the president has the guts to say it.

“Al-Qaeda is on the run.” That isn’t true either, but even if it were, terrorism is still a global threat. OK, so we got bin Laden, and that was a good thing.

The problem is that eliminating bin Laden was a decision that any other president would have made given the same circumstances. In fact, most other presidents would have been working rather than being forced to come in off the golf course for a photo-op.

By the way, Bush got Saddam, too. That was also a good thing. Even so, Islamic terrorism is still a worldwide threat, and Obama’s natural tendencies through his upbringing to give Muslim radicals a pass while turning his back on Israel is a dangerous game we cannot afford to play.

“So we are all playing by the same rules” – Oh yeah. Since when did Barack Obama EVER play by the same rules as the rest of us? Obama has gotten a free ride throughout his life. In every endeavor the president has had financial support and endorsements from powerful individuals who have given him every possible opportunity to succeed. If that is playing by the same rule book as ordinary Americans, then we should all have a Harvard education and a few million dollars in the bank.

And finally, the coup de grace, “You all know me.” Wrong. Barack Obama has been president for four years and we still don’t know him. We may know a few things about him. We may know what he wants us to know, but we really do not have any idea who the man is and what he believes.

Obama was never properly vetted before he became president and the four-year media love affair has continued. It is precisely because we do not know him that we should be concerned as a nation. What we do know is that he is lazy, a phony and he does not have a truthful bone in his body. That alone should be enough to reject him.

Thankfully, the election changes all that. Even if President Obama wins, at least we will be spared the redundant slogans that have become the hallmark of his administration and his personality


Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in Charlotte, NC. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to Switzerland, France and Italy for groups of 12 or more. Inquiries for groups can be made at Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others. As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 70 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.




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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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