But Dean’s rhetoric outlived his candidacy. And in 2008, the candidate who wanted to “take our country back” was Barack Obama.
He began his campaign in 2007 by saying, “Tomorrow, we begin a great journey. A journey to take our country back.”
That February he told New Hampshire voters, “You have the power to take this country back.”
That April he told students in an Iowa high school that ''Thousands of people across the country feel we are in this moment of time where we might be able to take our country back.'' Heck, that June Obama spoke at the lefty “Take Back America Forum
,” telling attendees that “It's going to be because of you that we take our country back.”
I could go on and on and on, but you probably get the idea.
“If you join me, we're going to take our country back.”
“We're gonna take our country back.”
“We want to make sure that everybody who wants to come and join in the party and join in the effort to take this country back.”
Yup. That was all Barack Obama doing his best to unite Purple America by ending the partisan Washington political culture.
Now that he’s president, Obama can’t really talk that way anymore. But it would be nice if the people on his side would remember that, once upon a time, he did.