*** Obama’s back against the wall (again): In the five years since Barack Obama has become a fixture on the national stage, he has followed this script when the going gets tough: He gives a speech. He did it during the 2008 presidential campaign (Jeremiah Wright), as well as in his first two years as president (during the health-care debate and the BP spill). And now after his toughest stretch in the White House since the debt-ceiling debacle -- the May jobs report, the Democrats’ loss in Wisconsin, and “the private sector is doing fine” -- President Obama is set to deliver a major campaign speech on the economy in Cleveland, OH at 1:45 pm ET. The speech is intended to do what all those other examples were supposed to do: change the negative narrative, even if temporarily.
In THIS speech, per the campaign, the president will mention (as he’s said before at some recent fundraisers) the stark contrast on the economy between the two presidential candidates, and he’ll say that this election has the chance to “break the stalemate” between the two parties on how to fix the economy and pay down the debt. Here’s the thing about Obama’s speeches, though: This appears to be his team’s only play sometimes. They’ve worked in the past, of course. But the question becomes: If you continually give a speech when your back is against the wall, does it inevitably have less of an impact?