If you missed President Obama’s speech in Kansas City yesterday you missed a good one. One thing that was hard to miss was the similarity to Missouri’s only President – Harry Truman. In particular his acceptance speech at the 1948 Democratic Convention.
When President Truman was faced with a Republican congress that spent more time articulating than legislating he took the opportunity to point out their inaction so Americans would know what the situation in Washington really was. He even went so far as to call Congress back into session.
President Obama raises the same issue in this speech. Despite the fact that Republicans like talking about work and doing their best to keep wages down they rarely work and accept a salary of over $170,000. For that money Americans expect for their legislators to at least try to address the issues that are affecting their lives.
It seems both President Truman and Obama share a “Show-Me” attitude.