Many pundits and other members of the media compared President' Obama's speech to that of President Theodore Roosevelt, over a century ago, in the same small town of Osawatomie, Kansas. Indeed, just as President Roosevelt attacked the corporate interests that had bought American politics a hundred years ago, President Obama also attacked those who have taken from us too much.
What President Obama also did, in giving his speech on Tuesday, in Kansas, was to lay out, with astounding clarity, the single most important subject Americans will vote on next year: what the proper roll of government is.
"This is the defining issue of our time. This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and for all those who are fighting to get into the middle class. Because what’s at stake is whether this will be a country where working people can earn enough to raise a family, build a modest savings, own a home, secure their retirement.
Now, in the midst of this debate, there are some who seem to be suffering from a kind of collective amnesia. After all that’s happened, after the worst economic crisis, the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, they want to return to the same practices that got us into this mess. In fact, they want to go back to the same policies that stacked the deck against middle-class Americans for way too many years. And their philosophy is simple: We are better off when everybody is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules.
I am here to say they are wrong."
Watch the full speech below, or read the complete transcript of the speech - or both.