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It’s been a dark few years for the U.S. economy, but the smoke is finally clearing after the hard-hitting bank, mortgage, war, and unemployment crises that hit their peak at the end of 2007. As Obama’s first term draws to a close, it’s a good time to assess the strides he’s made since his appointment and to evaluate the hurdles that lay ahead.

The first and most pressing is, of course, reelection. Two weeks ago, President Obama kick-started his 2012 campaign, on a very simple platform: Forward. And his first promotional video sets out to remind voters of what he’s done during his first term, before starting the hard push toward the next level.

Since Obama’s first campaign was run on the grander ambitions of hope and change, it’s interesting to contrast the emotional highs the ’08 trail wrought to the more practical, workaday ideas of endurance and putting our noses to the grindstone for the sake of progress.

If you haven’t already, take a look at Obama’s “Forward” video,¬†which outlines his accomplishments in office, and challenges us to keep it movin’:

What do you think? Will campaigning on the platform of “Forward” be enough to hush the opponents and detractors?

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  • iQgraphics

    Hope
    Nope
    Dope

    Change
    for a Dollar

    Forward Thinking

    I am particularly sick of the celebrity endorsements and marketing campaigns surrounding the seat of President these days.

    I heard on the radio that the White House PR is trying to put in place never allowing a president to be photographed eating junk food because of the message it sends regarding obesity in the US…

    Get real, we’ve had Fat, cigarette/ cigar smoking, womanizing, beard growing presidents before. As a matter of fact, we’ve gotten some of our best policies regarding racial and gender equality from them.

    I don’t think we will ever have a fat or unpleasing to the eye president again… we as a people are concerned with the wrong things and this is by design.

    GTFOHWTBS
    please

  • Pema

    Nope, it’s not going to help at all.

    I too am tired of the celebrity endorsements. I could not care less who George Clooney endorses for president.