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has to make up the difference.” He wisely placed himself and his own income in the middle of this potential sound bite, drawing a contrast to the way Romney often appears out of touch with lower income Americans and unaware of his own wealth. While Romney is seeking to eliminate taxes on the type of income he earns through capital gains, Obama appears willing to sacrifice and raise his own taxes. It’s a ready-made “put country first” advertisement.

When he spoke the line “America is back” he could have easily replaced “America” with “Obama” as this was a speech reminiscent of the candidate that made history in 2008. When at his best, Obama appeals to disparate ideologies, allowing even his staunchest critics from either side of the political spectrum to find in him something admirable and worth supporting. This was Obama at his best. 

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