Ironically, this might actually be an applause line, if the president had delivered it before an independent/conservative audience. But as it was delivered at a fundraiser for his re-election campaign, what some would offer as a promise Obama delivered as a threat:
At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in America.
“The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don’t work even harder than we did in 2008, then we’re going to have a government that tells the American people, ‘you are on your own,’” Obama told a crowd of 200 donors over lunch at the W Hotel.
Vote for me and become further enslaved to the bureaucratic monolith. Vote for them and risk the perils of freedom.
Gee, which message do you think resonates better with the American people?
How out of touch is Barack Obama with the founding principles of his country, that he would make such a statement? Assuming, of course, he is even an American at all (hat tip: Rick Perry!).
And how debased are the liberal partisans in this country that they would not only vote for, but proffer up their money to, a man who promises to en-serf them all?
I just hope Obama slips and uses this line in the general election. Watch the confusion, and onset of churlish rage, when he realizes that - like with "Win The Future" and "We can't wait (until you are out of office)", his slogans are being chanted not in homage, but with derision...