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Is that the best President Obama can do nowadays?
It was such a strikingly bad slogan more befitting of second-grade humor (which we have to be honest, we still like in some situations) that we felt the need to go back and look at some of the other presidential slogans of the past to share with you.
See if you can pick out any of them that sound familiar in the current election or ones that you may have heard referenced during this seemingly interminable presidential campaign these past 4 years since the day President Obama was sworn in on January 20, 2009:
Campaign Candidate Slogans*
1840 William Henry Harrison Tippecanoe and Tyler Too
1844 James K. Polk 54-40 or fight
1844 James K. Polk Reannexation of Texas and reoccupation of Oregon
1844 Henry Clay Who is James K. Polk?
1848 Zachary Taylor For President of the People
1856 John C. Fremont Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Speech, Free Men, and Fremont
1860 Abraham Lincoln Vote Yourself a Farm
1864 Abraham Lincoln Don't swap horses in the middle of the stream
1868 U.S. Grant Vote As You Shot
1884 Grover Cleveland Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine, The Continental Liar from The State of Maine
1884 James Blaine Ma, Ma, Where’s my Pa, Gone to the White House, Ha, Ha, Ha
1888 Benjamin Harrison Rejuvenated Republicanism
1888 Benjamin Harrison Grandfather's Hat Fits Ben
1896 William McKinley Patriotism, Protection, and Prosperity
1900 William McKinley A Full Dinner Pail
1916 Woodrow Wilson He kept us out of war
1920 Warren G. Harding Return to normalcy
1920 Warren G. Harding Cox and Cocktails
1924 Calvin Coolidge Keep cool with Coolidge
1928 Herbert Hoover A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage
1936 FDR Sunflowers Die In November
1940 FDR Better a Third-Termer Than a Third-Rater
1952 Dwight Eisenhower I Like Ike
1956 Dwight Eisenhower Peace and Prosperity
1960 Richard Nixon For the future
1960 JFK A Time For Greatness
1960 JFK We Can Do Better
1960 JFK Would You Buy A Used Car From This Man?
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson The stakes are too high for you to stay at home
1964 Barry Goldwater In your heart you know he’s right
1968 Richard Nixon Nixon's the One
1976 Gerald Ford He’s making us proud again
1976 Jimmy Carter Not Just Peanuts
1976 Jimmy Carter A Leader, For a Change
1980 Ronald Reagan Are you better off than you were four years ago?
1984 Ronald Reagan It’s morning again in America
1984 Walter Mondale America Needs a Change
1988 George Bush Kinder, Gentler Nation
1992 Bill Clinton Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow
1992 Bill Clinton Putting People First
1992 Ross Perot Ross for Boss
1996 Bill Clinton Building a bridge to the 21st century
1996 Bob Dole The Better Man for a Better America
2000 Al Gore Prosperity and progress
2000 Al Gore Prosperity for America's families
2000 George W. Bush Compassionate conservatism
2000 George W. Bush Leave no child behind
2000 George W. Bush Real plans for real people
2000 George W. Bush Reformer with results
2000 Ralph Nader Government of, by, and for the people...not the monied interests
2004 John Kerry Let America be America Again
2004 George W. Bush Yes, America Can!
2008 John McCain Country First
2008 Barack Obama Change We Can Believe In
2008 Barack Obama Change We Need
2008 Barack Obama Hope And Change
2008 Barack Obama Yes We Can!
2012 Barack Obama Forward
2012 Mitt Romney Believe in America
The hardest thing for any candidate to do is run on his/her record. And yet, the powers of incumbency are strong and powerful. Only 4 modern-day era Presidents who had been elected 4 years previously have been defeated by an challenger: Taft (1912), Hoover (1932), Carter (1976) and Bush 41 (1992).
Gerald Ford was never elected as President. He was appointed by Nixon mid-term after Spiro Agnew resigned in 1973.
America is a lot bigger than campaign slogans and speeches. And a lot bigger than any one person who serves as our President and Commander-in-Chief or any of the 535 other elected officials who serve in the public interest in the US Senate or House of Representatives.
But these are serious times and serious times demand more from our elected leaders than cute phrases on the campaign trail.
Early voting is now open in most states. If you have read one sentence in any of these postings over the past 4 years, stop everything you are doing right now and go vote early and avoid any massive lines later.
Because this truly is one of the watershed years in our nation's history.
* mostly culled from a list from www.presidentsusa.net