October 2, 2014

This was a lighter moment in a speech that really tackled some important issues. Speaking at Northwestern University, President Obama took on Fox News and some of the wingnut memes we're hearing less of these days.

"There's a reason fewer Republicans are preaching doom on deficits—because the deficits have come down at almost a record pace, and they’re now manageable. There's a reason fewer Republicans are running against Obamacare–because while good, affordable health care might seem like a fanged threat to the freedom of the American people on Fox News, it’s working pretty well in the real world," Obama told students at Northwestern University, to applause.

I particularly enjoyed the gestures accompanying his "fanged threat" remarks.

His speech addressed other economic concerns that remain since the Great Recession. He ticked off a list of items that still need to be done: Raising the minimum wage, flexible work hours, infrastructure investment, equal pay laws, and more.

It's good to remember that those items are on the agenda but being blocked by our current Republican House majority. Every Democrat running for office needs to use this speech as a template to remind voters that the impediments to their progress are Republicans.

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