Unemployment is rising.
Troops are deployed on two battle fields at once.
The nation's landmark "healthcare reform" law is so fabulous that American corporations are lining-up for the privilege of "opting out" of compliance with it. And there is international chatter of abandoning the dollar as a global currency.
So, if you're the President of the United States and you're presiding over all of this at once, what do you do?
If you're President Barack Obama, you rush out to speak to audiences of college students. And then you lecture the students about slavery, and the women's suffrage movement.The college crowd remains fairly "warm" to President Obama these days, even when other audiences are not. And while many Democrat political candidates are publicly shunning President Obama for fear that he's politically toxic, Governor Martin O'Malley welcomed the President into the state of Maryland last Thursday, only to have the President heckled by a student shouting "you're a liar."
Thus it has been noteworthy to watch Barack Obama try to "fire up" a demographic that was significant to his election victory in 2008 - the "under thirty crowd" as the Obama gang calls it - and get them motivated to go out and vote again this November. The response he's received at college campuses has been welcoming, although not as enthusiastic as two years ago. But the introduction of the "slavery" and "women's suffrage" themes have been intriguing, to say the least, and they warrant some careful analysis by those of us who live "off campus."
In one such speech, delivered at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, the President used the historic references as a prelude to a powerful "applause line." As he reverted to his "casual" speaking style, droppin' the "ing" sounds from the ends of words and such, he delivered the analogy this way:
"In every instance, progress took time. in every instance, progress took sacrifice. progress took faith.ya know.the slaves sittin' around the fire..singin' freedom songs.they weren't sure when slavery would end but they understood it was gonna..when women were out there marchin' for the right to vote.they weren't sure when it was gonna happen but they kept on goin'..when workers were organizing for the right to organize, and were bein' intimidated, they weren't sure when change was gonna come, but they knew it was gonna come, and I am tellin' you Wisconsin. we are bringin' about change, and progress is gonna come.but you gotta stick with me, ya can't lose heart."
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.