In May of 2008, then-candidate Obama addressed a surging crowds of supporters at a campaign event hosted in Des Moines, Iowa. For supporters it was a momentous day. The tough primary was nearly over, and it looked like their candidate of hope and change would win in November.
Obama promised them something different.
Here is a segment from his 2008 speech in Des Moines:
The other side knows they have embraced yesterday’s policies and so they will also embrace yesterday’s tactics to try and change the subject. They will play on our fears and our doubts and our divisions to distract us from what matters to you and your future. Well they can take the low road if they want, but it will not lead this country to a better place. And it will not work in this election. It won’t work because you won’t let it. Not this time. Not this year.
Flash forward to President Obama, who spoke in Des Moines last night almost exactly four years later.
Now, I know Governor Romney came to Des Moines last week; warned about a "prairie fire of debt." That’s what he said. (Laughter.) But he left out some facts. His speech was more like a cow pie of distortion. (Laughter.) I don’t know whose record he twisted the most -- mine or his. (Laughter.)