President Obama pushed back sharply Friday against Republican Mitt Romney’s attempt the previous day to suggest that the president has given up on his message of change from four years ago.
Speaking to 12,000 supporters at an outdoor rally in the outer Virginia suburbs of Washington, Obama sounded a bit disdainful as he slapped Romney for promising “to get the job done from the inside.” The Republican’s remarks, given at a rally in Sarasota, Fla., on Thursday, were in response to Obama’s statement during a televised forum at Univisionin Miami that he’s realized as president that he can’t change Washington “from the inside.”
“What kind of inside job is he talking about?” Obama asked a crowd that booed and jeered along with the president. “Is it the job of rubber-stamping the top-down, you’re-on-your-own agenda of this Republican Congress? Because if it is, we don’t want it.”
Obama went on to explain that change comes from across the country, and that 2012, much like 2008, is not about him but about the people who agree with his vision for the nation.
“You change [Washington] because people are mobilized,” the president said. “You change it with the help of ordinary Americans who are willing to make their voices heard because of the decency and the goodness and the common sense of Americans. That’s what moves the country forward.”
“Today on the campaign trail, President Obama declared ‘we want change in Washington,” Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in response to Obama’s remarks. “After four years of the Obama Administration’s failed policies and broken promises, the American people agree.”