A very different President Obama stepped to the podium on Wednesday afternoon during his speech at George Washington University to give his vision on how to reduce the deficit and, in his own words, "win the future." Not different from the above-it-all moral arbiter whom we saw on the campaign trail of 2008, but a man who obviously contradicted his own efforts over the past two years.
It was during the presidential race that Obama spoke of "sharing the wealth," which is code for raising taxes, lambasted our forays into the Middle East and promised that he would balance the budget.
But in the past 12 months, the president has left pundits perplexed and his base frustrated as he kept — however reluctantly — the Bush tax cuts in place for everyone, engaged us in a third Mideast conflict, and allowed the deficit to balloon to its highest levels since World War II.
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