Doing the right thing seems to be hard for everyone, except President Obama. He always seems to know the “right thing to do.” Indeed, he uses his presidential remarks to instruct the American people on the right thing to do over and over again.
At the NALEO conference June 22, Obama touted that passing health care legislation was the “right thing to do.” He issued a statement claiming “after a century of trying, we finally passed reform that will make health care affordable and available for every American. “Then, as if once weren’t enough, he joyously declared three times, “That was the right thing to do. That was the right thing to do. That was the right thing to do.”
A week prior, Obama spoke at the White House Rose Garden announcing his new policy on immigration and stressing the importance of the DREAM act. “The bill hasn’t really changed; the need hasn’t changed,” Obama said. “It’s still the right thing to do.”
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“The third thing on our to-do list,” Obama said in his May remarks on Helping Responsible Home Owners, “Congress should extend tax credits that are set to expire for our clean energy companies. … Over the long term, that will help drive down gas prices and it puts people to work right now. It’s the right thing to do.”
That’s not all. During the presidents January 2011 State of the Union Speech, Obama remarked on tuition tax credits, asking Congress to “make permanent our tuition tax credit, worth $10,000 for four years of college.” Why, you may be wondering? Well, according to Obama, “It’s the right thing to do.”
In a speech concerning the economy in Youngstown, Ohio, in May 2010, President Obama assured his audience that it was “the right thing to do” a whopping 18 times in one single address.
In the first half of his speech, Obama used the term 9 times.
That, however, was not to be outdone by the 9 times Obama said it at the end of his address in a span of 200 words.
With Obama’s unfaltering certainty that such actions are the right things to do, the question remains: For whom are these things right? Concerning No Child Left Behind, Obama says, “This isn’t just the right thing to do for our kids, it’s the right thing to do for our country.”
Obama seems to know the right thing to do for a whole slew of issues. He has proposed a plan for immigration, health care, the economy, energy, even LGBT rights. In assessing the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” Obama said, “I know that every day that passes without a resolution is a deep disappointment to those men and women who continue to be discharged under this policy, patriots who often possess critical language skills and years of training and who’ve served this country well. But what I hope is that these cases underscore the urgency of reversing this policy not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it is essential for our national security.”
And what about the payroll tax? The president says, “It’s the right thing to do for the economy and its most importantly the right thing for American families all across the country.” When placing emphasis on clean energy in Freemont, Calif., Obama said in 2010, “It’s the right thing to do for our environment, it’s the right thing to do for our national security, but it’s also the right thing to do for our economy.”
ABC News’ Meghan Kiesel contributed to this report