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Failed Promise: Flunked

- November 22, 2011

Obama Said He Would Keep The Promise Of America Alive But America’s Youth Are Watching The American Dream Slip Away

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“The White House Said That President Barack Obama Will Visit Manchester High School Central On Lowell Street To Discuss The American Jobs Act [Today].” (“Obama To Visit Manchester High School,” WMUR [Manchester, NH], 11/20/11)

IN 2007, OBAMA TOLD MANCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL THAT AS PRESIDENT HE WOULD KEEP THE PROMISE OF AMERICA ALIVE

PROMISE: In 2007, At Manchester High School, Obama Said As President He Would Keep The Promise Of America Alive For The Next Generation. OBAMA: “Over the course of two centuries, we have fought and struggled and overcome to expand the promise of a good education ever further - a promise that has allowed millions to transcend the barriers of race and class and background to achieve their God-given potential. It is now our moment to keep that promise - the promise of America - alive in the 21st century. … They do not want to let us down, and we cannot let them down either. That's what I'll be fighting for in this election, and that's what I'll do as President of the United States.” (Senator Barack Obama, “Our Kids, Our Future,” Manchester, NH, 11/20/07) 

The Failure Of Obamanomics Has Called The Basic Tenets Of The American Dream Into Question For The Next Generation

FAIL: The Failure Of The Economy To Provide The Young With A Better Future Means “One Of The Most Basic Tenets Of The American Dream Is Being Called Into Question.” “One of the most basic tenets of the American Dream is being called into question by recent economic data’s Can each new generation do better than the one before it? So far, today's young people aren't off to an encouraging start.” (Annalyn Censky, “Older Americans Are 47 Times Richer Than Young,” CNN Money, 11/7/11)

  • “It Is, Very Simply, A Tough Time To Be Young. There Are 14 Million Unemployed People Looking For A Job And Millions More Sitting On The Sidelines Or Working Part-Time.” (Derek Thompson, “No Country For Young Men (Or Young Women),” The Atlantic, 11/8/11)

The Demos Think Tank Sees “Serious Economic Scarring Going Forward.” “‘A lot of the findings in this report could have cause serious economic scarring going forward,’ said Lauren Strayer, a spokeswoman for New York-based Demos, a non-partisan think tank that says it promotes economic equality and democratic values.” (Bob Sullivan, “Recession Threatens Generation Of Young Adults, Inspires 'Occupy' Protests,” MSNBC’s Redtape,” 11/2/11)

  • “People Who Have No Hope For The Future Don't Plan For It.” (Bob Sullivan, “Recession Threatens Generation Of Young Adults, Inspires 'Occupy' Protests,” MSNBC’s Redtape,” 11/2/11)

“Today's Young People Are Not Doing Better Than Yesterday's Young Adults.” “‘We don't know how the story ends, but we know how the story is beginning,’ said Paul Taylor, executive vice president of the Pew Research Center. ‘At the beginning, today's young people are not doing better than yesterday's young adults.’” (Annalyn Censky, “Older Americans Are 47 Times Richer Than Young,” CNN Money, 11/7/11)

“The U.S. Labor Market Is In A Malaise, But Young Adults Are In Crisis.” (Joe Light and Lauren Weber, “Generation Jobless: For Those Under 24, A Portrait In Crisis,” The Wall Street Journal, 11/7/11)

Young Adults Are At Risk Of “Becoming A Lost Generation.” “They are young adults, 18 to 34, struggling to begin their adult lives during the worst economy since the Great Depression, and they risk becoming a lost generation, according to an extensive new study released Wednesday by two advocacy groups.” (Bob Sullivan, “Recession Threatens Generation Of Young Adults, Inspires 'Occupy' Protests,” MSNBC’s Redtape,” 11/2/11)

  • About 60 Percent Of Young Adults Surveyed Were Underemployed. “About 60 percent of working young adults questioned by pollsters said they wish they could work more hours for more pay, likely offering a much better approximation of underemployment.” (Bob Sullivan, “Recession Threatens Generation Of Young Adults, Inspires 'Occupy' Protests,” MSNBC’s Redtape,” 11/2/11)

OBAMA’S YOUTH COALITION IS CRUMBLING AS A RESULT OF HIS FAILED PROMISES

Young Voters “Provided The Pulse Of The Obama Phenomenon” In 2008. “Above all else, they provided the pulse of the Obama phenomenon, making phone calls, knocking on doors, registering new voters.” (Alex Katz, “Young Voters’ Ardor For Obama Has Wilted,” The Boston Globe11/14/11)

  • But Now Supporters Have Turned From “Fervent Admiration” To “Measured Disappointment.” “This is true for Aaron Ratoff, a 21-year-old senior at Tufts University. Ratoff recalls being a strong backer of Obama on campus during his freshman year in 2008. Today, his fervent admiration has developed into ‘measured disappointment,’ he said.” (Alex Katz, “Young Voters’ Ardor For Obama Has Wilted,” The Boston Globe11/14/11)
  • “‘Right Now, It’s Hard To See Where That Magic Is Going To Come From,’ Patterson Said.” (Alex Katz, “Young Voters’ Ardor For Obama Has Wilted,” The Boston Globe11/14/11)

Facing High Levels Of Unemployment, Young Voters Are Not An “Easy Sell” For Obama This Time.  “Yet, the young voters, many of whom were galvanized in 2008 by the promise of ending the Iraq war, are not an easy sell this time. Obama won voters between the ages of 18-29 by a margin of about 2-to-1, but polling has shown some signs of softening support as many recent college graduates face high levels of unemployment.” (Ken Thomas, “A Year Out, Obama Campaign Makes Volunteer Push,” The Associated Press, 11/5/11)

For Young People, Obama’s “Hope” Campaign Theme Has Lost Its Glimmer. “As President Obama dusts off his 2008 theme of ‘hope’ in anticipation of his reelection campaign, he has a problem to get around: Among young voters, one of his most crucial constituencies, hope is, like, so yesterday.” (Scott Bland, “Hard Economic Times Rob Young Voters Of ‘Hope,’” National Journal, 11/2/11) 

  • “Their Employment Prospects Are Dim, Their Debt Is High, Their Lives Are On Hold And A Stunning Number Are Living With Their Parents, Even Into Their 30s.” (Bob Sullivan, “Recession Threatens Generation Of Young Adults, Inspires 'Occupy' Protests,” MSNBC’s Redtape,” 11/2/11)

WITH OBAMANOMICS FAILING NEW HAMPSHIRE, THE GRANITE STATE’S VOTERS HAVE TURNED AGAINST OBAMA

“Although Obama Won New Hampshire In 2008 With 54 Percent Of The Vote, His Victory Is Not Assured This Time.” (Shira Schoenberg, “While N.H. Eyes On GOP Candidates, Obama And Democrats Work Quietly,” The Boston Globe, 11/10/11)

 “Driven Down By Economic Forces, President Barack Obama Is Running Poorly In New Hampshire, A State He Carried In 2008 And One That Has Been A Swing State In Recent Presidential Elections.” (Mike Dorning, “Obama Loses To Romney In New Hampshire Poll,” Bloomberg11/16/11)

  • “Independent Voters In The State, The Site Of The Nation’s First Presidential Primary, Have Swung Even More Strongly Against Obama.” (Mike Dorning, “Obama Loses To Romney In New Hampshire Poll,” Bloomberg11/16/11)

Only 40 Percent Of New Hampshire Residents Approve Of Obama; 53 Percent Overall Disapprove, A Lower Approval Rating Than His National Average. “Just 40 percent of the state’s residents and 37 percent of its political independents now say they approve of Obama’s performance in office, with 53 percent overall disapproving. By comparison, the president’s national job-approval rating was 43 percent for the week ended Nov. 13, according to a Gallup poll.” (Mike Dorning, “Obama Loses To Romney In New Hampshire Poll,” Bloomberg11/16/11)

New Hampshire Residents “Are Voicing Pervasive Gloom” On The Economy

New Hampshire Residents “Are Voicing Pervasive Gloom” On The Economy, 56 Percent Saying The U.S. Is In A Recession.  “This time, its residents are voicing pervasive gloom about the economy’s prospects. Fifty-six percent say the U.S. is still in a recession and another 9 percent say the economy is faltering and will fall back into recession, the poll shows. (Mike Dorning, “Obama Loses To Romney In New Hampshire Poll,” Bloomberg11/16/11)

In 2010, 40.9 Percent Of Unemployed Workers In New Hampshire Were Out Of Work For 27 Weeks Or Longer. (Sara Murray, “Long Term Unemployment By State,” The Wall Street Journal’s “Real Time Economics Blog, 7/21/11)

Since President Obama Took Office, 8,628 New Hampshire Residents Have Fallen Into Poverty. (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 11/21/11)

New Hampshire Food Banks Can’t Provide Enough To Meet The Demand. “Around the country soup kitchens and food pantries are reporting a spike in demand. Here in New Hampshire, food bank officials say they can’t keep up with requests for help. The state’s food assistance safety net is showing signs of serious strain.” (Dan Gorenstein, “Economy Stresses N.H. Food Safety Net,” New Hampshire Public Radio, 10/26/11)

  • Mel Gosselin, Executive Director Of The New Hampshire Food Bank: “It’s Never Been Like This.” “‘No, it’s never been like this.’ That’s Mel Gosselin, the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. When you ask Gosselin how’s she’s doing, she’ll say she’s tearing her hair out. So far, her organization has distributed 5.8 million pounds of food, with distribution up 15%. ‘To put it in perspective, today our distribution number will be between 30-40 thousand pounds out the door. If we had more food that number would be much higher.’” (Dan Gorenstein, “Economy Stresses N.H. Food Safety Net,” New Hampshire Public Radio, 10/26/11)

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