The enthusiastic crowd at the Broadway fundraiser reacted with giggles, and a few cheers, as the president regained his composure.
“Governor Romney … has had great success in his life and he’s raised a beautiful family,” the president ultimately said, correcting himself. “But he has a theory about the economy that basically says, if I’m maximizing returns for my investors, for wealthy individuals like myself, then everybody’s going to be better off.”
The president often argues Mitt Romney would lead the country back to the “failed policies” of his predecessor, George W. Bush, and tonight was no different.
“After all that work that we’ve done, the last thing we’re going to do is to go back to the very same policies that got us into this mess in the first place,” Obama told the packed house at the New Amsterdam Theater. ”We’re not going backwards. We’re not going backwards, New York! We intend to go forwards!”
When it comes to the struggling economy, the president admitted “folks are still hurting, and this has been a long slog for people,” but argued his policies are beginning to “right the ship.”
Whether voters get that message, however, is another story.
“It is hard sometimes to get the facts out. There’s lots of bugs on the windshield, sometimes,” Obama lamented to laughter from the crowd.
The president said the frustration people still feel will be “compounded by 500 million dollars in Super-PAC negative ads [that will run] over the course of the next five months, that will try to feed all those fears, those anxieties and that frustration. That’s basically the argument that the other side is making. They’re not offering anything new, they’re just saying, things are tough, it’s Obama’s fault!”
“There’s no vision for the future there, no imagination,” he concluded.