Needing to distinguish herself from her former boss, unannounced Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton sharply criticized President Obama’s handling of the economy Friday.
In a speech before the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., the former first lady said millions of Americans are “frustrated, even angry” about the state of the economy, The Washington Examiner reported.
Recalling the halcyon days of her husband’s administration – which seems to be a tactic she will repeatedly turn to in the coming months – she suggested that “the basic bargain of America” has been breached.
“No matter who you are or where you come from, if you work hard and play by the rules, you have an opportunity to build a good life,” she said, echoing an assertion Obama has made umpteen times.
Then she appeared to attack the current administration.
“But, for too many families in America today, that isn’t the way it works,” Clinton said. “Instead of getting ahead, they’re finding it harder and harder than ever to get their footing in our changing economy. The dream of upward mobility that made this country a model for the world feels further and further out of reach.”
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Throughout her speech, the former secretary of state criticized the sluggishness in today’s America, whether it’s stagnant wages, the so-called war against women, inadequate health care, high unemployment or poor leadership. She offered no specific solutions, no opinions on foreign policy, but she didn’t miss the opportunity to attack President George W. Bush’s time in office.
Clinton faintheartedly acknowledged Obama’s handling of the doldrums, saying, “It took years of painstaking work and strong leadership from President Obama to get our economy growing again.”
That was her only mention of Obama, according to The Examiner, and it seemed to contradict the rest of her message.
Although her campaign continues to rake in the cash and extend its infrastructure, Clinton has yet to present a solution for ratcheting up the economy. Relying on generalities, pinpricks at Obama and nostalgia for her husband’s popularity may not cut the mustard in a “frustrated, even angry”America.
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