When I heard that the President was going on a whirlwind 48 hour marathon of the swing states dubbed the 'America Forward! Tour' it reminded me on an old HBO movie I saw starring Gary Sinise. (which I highly recommend by the way) This movie featured another Democratic President who embarked on a crusade to better the lives of the people in the country, against an arrogant challenger who played it safe and a do-nothing Republican Congress.
That President's name was Harry Truman.
The 1948 campaign has many similarities to the one being held today.
Top Republicans believed that all their candidate had to do to win was to avoid major mistakes; in keeping with this advice, Dewey carefully avoided risks. He spoke in platitudes, avoided controversial issues, and was vague on what he planned to do as President.Remind you of anyone?
-Wikipedia article, 1948 U.S. Presidential Election.
I for one wish that the President would channel Truman a bit more and hit Congress on their obstructionism. In July Electoral-Vote.com posted a piece about 10 things more popular than Congress.
The current approval rating for Congress is hovers around 10%. Here is a list of 10 things more popular than Congress.Regardless however, the 48 hour tour was an inspiration to me, as I'm sure it was to all of you. And a fitting tribute to the guts and determination of the 33rd President of the United States. We all know how that campaign turned out, don't we?
1. President Obama (46%)
2. The Internal Revenue Service (40%)
3. The airline industry (29%)
4. Lawyers (29%)
5. Richard Nixon at his lowest (24%)
6. The banking industry (23%)
7. The oil and gas industry (20%)
8. BP during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill (16%)
9. Paris Hilton (15%)
10. America becoming a Communist nation (11%)
Click FORWARD! to view the tour's video playlist.