College campus campaigning likely different from four years ago
The Kansas City Star
President Barack Obama on Tuesday campaigned at Colorado State University. But the commander in chief likely found that the college support he easily won four years ago will be different today.
The college students four years ago were fed up with President George W. Bush and Republican control. Many had protested the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
They had a clear idea of what they didn’t like and who was to blame. Things are a lot murkier now.
Obama got U.S. troops out of Iraq and oversaw Osama bin Laden’s death. But the war in Afghanistan drags on, in addition to possible nuclear capabilities threatening to pull U.S. military into Iran.
The economy is still bad, and young people are recession weary, looking at burgeoning student loans with no clear job prospects after graduating. Meanwhile, Republicans at their national convention in Tampa, Fla., are clearly saying Obama is to blame.
That GOP attack is making the president’s campaign message on college campuses today ring hollow. This race for both Obama and challenger Mitt Romney boils down to a punchline in an old Richard Pryor joke: “Who are you going to believe? Me, or your lying eyes?”