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Barack Obama updates a classic Ronald Reagan formulation

October 8, 2008 | 11:55 am

Barack Obama is on the record with a prime contender for sound bite of the day (an aspect of contemporary campaigning at which he does not routinely excel).

Headlining a rally in Indiana, one of those states that normally would have long since been conceded to the Republican presidential candidate but where this year the Democratic ticket appears competitive, Obama focused on the obvious issue: the economy. And here's the remark that drew a chuckle (though perhaps an apprehensive one) from his crowd:

You know, back in 1980, Ronald Reagan asked the electorate whether you were better off than you were four years ago. At the pace things are going right now, you’re going to have to ask whether you’re better off than you were four weeks ago.

The lines weren't part of the prepared text sent out by the Obama campaign. Whoever penned it deserves a raise (unless, of course, the candidate himself came up with it).

-- Don Frederick

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