Sunday, January 26, 2014

Attempting to reverse sagging approval ratings, President Obama plans to continue his pointed pitch to members of Congress in his annual State of the Union speech Tuesday night -- that he will use his executive power to take action on his own to help reduce income inequality in the country.

After Tuesday speech, Obama to take 'year of action' theme on the road - Susan Crabtree

...Dan Pfeiffer, White House communications director, sent out an email Saturday to supporters saying Obama's message Tuesday night can be summed up in three words: “opportunity, action and optimism.”

He also promised that the president would lay out a set of “real, concrete, practical proposals to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class and empower all who hope to join it.” In the days after the speech, Obama plans to hammer the message home with travel to Maryland, Pittsburgh, Pa., Milwaukee, Wis., and Nashville, Tenn.


In an apparent effort to blunt criticism over his intent to engage in full-blown class warfare during his second term, Obama is softening the harsher term with a new label.

The Associated Press reports that Obama has shifted his rhetoric from "complaining" about income inequality toward language that creates an appearance that he is offering support for the middle class.

Since his December 4 economic speech where he used the word "inequality" 26 times, the word is nonexistent in subsequent posts on his website, his press releases, and his speeches.

Obama's new tact is to sound like he is "lifting people up," as Paul Begala recently said.