The president seeks new ways to charge up his troops.
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President Obama didn’t quote the Rolling Stones directly, but on Monday night he told a room full of wealthy supporters, in essentially the same words, that you can’t always get the change you want or as quickly as you desire.
But riding on record poll numbers after the death of Osama bin Laden, Obama urged the supporters before him in Washington, D.C.’s Capital Hilton that they should use their frustration as a motivational tool and not let it divert them from their goals.
On another night, this time to political patrons in New York City, the president confidently said, "We're just a quarter of the way through. We've got to finish our task," foreshadowing perhaps a successful re-election.
At whatever venue, the president now mentions his White House version of a “Honey do” list. But Obama’s check-offs aren’t to mow the lawn or pick up dry cleaning, they focus instead on assuaging liberal displeasure over a perceived lack of movement on immigration reform and too many compromises with a GOP leadership that appears only to know how to say no to the president.
Perhaps Obama might inspire his supporters, and himself, more if he channeled a different lyric. How about Bob Marley’s “Get up, stand up: Stand up for your rights! Get up, stand up: Don't give up the fight!"