The Obama presidency has looked in trouble for more than a year. The Republicans have blocked any attempt he makes to get some growth back into the economy and his recent actions and attitude have been that of a beaten man.
He was getting blasted with much the same conservative rhetoric as Ed Miliband has been getting from the Tories and their supporters in the press. Yet unlike Miliband, who with Balls decided to play along with the Tory storyline, Obama came out fighting yesterday in his State of the Union address. He even managed to sound more Labour than the two Eds ever have in recent memory. I hope all those spin doctors, SPADs and bag carriers were paying attention.
There are some points that Obama made that we should copy. Like why is the richest section of our society so under-taxed. If ‘we are all in this together’ then surely everyone has to pay their fair share. Instead we see the fat cats getting fatter and the lower half on the income scale getting decidedly poorer. Obama thinks he can win an election on this issue. Labour would not be unwise to follow his lead.