(Cross-posted at the Century Foundation’s Taking Note blog)
President Obama was giving a speech the other day. I heard something like the following:
Let me warn you and let me warn the Nation against the smooth evasion which says, â€œOf course we believe all these things; we believe in Social Security; we believe in work for the unemployed; we believe in saving homes. Cross our hearts and hope to die, we believe in all these things; but we do not like the way the present Administration is doing them. Just turn them over to us. We will do all of them- we will do more of them we will do them better; and, most important of all, the doing of them will not cost anybody anything.â€
But, my friends, these evaders are banking too heavily on the shortness of our memories. No one will forget that they had their golden opportunityâ€¦
Remember, too, that the first essential of doing a job well is to want to see the job done. Make no mistake about this: the Republican leadership today is not against the way we have done the job. The Republican leadership is against the jobâ€™s being done.
Oops I’m sorry. President Obama gave a nice speech, but the above words were actually spoken by someone else. I came across them on Hardball last night, which included a great interview with Rick Perlstein on Hardball. Watch the entire interview. But watch this great clip between 1:30 and 2:30 to find out who said the above words, and how.