The Obama campaign is bringing back a tried and failed Obama talking point from the 2010 midterm elections.
Today the Obama campaign posted a 2010 video of the president’s “Slurpee attack” on his Twitter account, as Republicans are holding their convention in Tampa.
The video is from September 2010, when Obama was campaigning in Wisconsin:
These are the folks whose policies help devastate our middle class they drove our economy into a ditch.And we got in there and put on our boots. And we pushed and we shoved and we were sweating. These guys were standing, watching us, sipping on a Slurpee. (emphasis added) And they were pointing at us saying ‘how come you’re not pushing harder? how com you’re not pushing faster?’ And then when we finally got the car up–and it’s got a few dings and a few dents. It’s got some mud on it. We’re going to have to do some work on it. They point out to everybody else and say: ‘Look what these guys did to your car!’ After we got it out of the ditch, and then they got the nerve to ask for the keys back. I don’t want to give them the keys back. They don’t know how to drive.
Obama used the Slurpee analogy frequently on the campaign trail to paint Republicans as irresponsible stewards of the economy. The attack however, failed, as the GOP swept back into power.
The “Slurpee attack” was widely mocked by Republicans and journalists who could see the writing on the wall.
After the election, reporters jokingly asked if President Obama was ready to have a “Slurpee Summit” with the new Republican Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner.
“I might serve … they’re delicious drinks,” Obama replied.