Do you remember Peggy Joseph? She was the young voter who heard candidate Barack Obama speak in 2008 then said on camera, “I won’t have to worry about puttin’ gas in my car; I won’t have to worry about payin’ my mortgage.”
By 2013, Joseph’s tone had turned dramatically.
She was asked by filmmaker Joel Gilbert, “Did Obama pay for your mortgage and did he pay for your gas?”
She responded with a laugh: “Absolutely not! Mortgage got worse and gas prices got higher … At that time, we needed a change but a change for the better, not the worse.”
In her mind, President Obama was similar to the Wizard of Oz. Said Joseph, “I started getting a little more educated about politics, I started reading more. I learned never to trust the Wizard; it’s within ourselves.”
Of course, Barack Obama never promised to pay our mortgage and put gas in our tanks. It was just the feeling you could get when he painted a picture of how America would look under his leadership.
On the other hand, he did promise universal health care.
And there were the “free cell phone” claims that added to some of the mythology.
And Obama’s policies did trigger numerous articles over the years, with titles such as:
- “Is President Obama Really A Socialist? Let’s Analyze Obamanomics,” Peter Ferrara, Forbes, December 2012.
- “‘We are all socialists now,’ nine years later,” David Weigel, The Washington Post, February 2018.
- “Is Obama a Socialist?,” Associated Press, June 2012.
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SOURCE: Charisma News