Obama: Would Love to Help the Middle Class, But Can He?

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President Barack Obama’s weekly addresses are usually — though not always — something of a press op with very little meat in which to sink your political teeth. Read the headlines, and you’ve basically read the transcript. This week’s was no different, but it was a particularly problematic address in that it’s quite symbolic of a problem with American politics that’s becoming far too familiar: rhetoric for the sake of rhetoric.

His recurring subject matter is both indicative and representative of an overarching problem in Washington; politicians are in a rut, repetition does not lead to change. If it did, the subject matter would naturally be set aside and new issues would come up. First, let’s break down last week’s address in an honest assessment, and then we’ll count our nickels.