Obama Moves ‘Forward’ with Campaign Slogan, Even on Official Presidential Travel

By Fred Lucas | May 8, 2012 | 4:11pm EDT

First lady Michelle Obama joins President Barack Obama, center right, to greet the crowd after the president spoke during a campaign rally at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va., Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Eva Russo)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama concluded a speech during an official presidential visit to Albany, N.Y., using his new campaign slogan “forward” three times, in the midst of complaints that he is mixing campaign and official business too often.

“We want to ensure everyone who wants a job can find one,” Obama said Tuesday at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s Albany NanoTech Complex at the State University of New York. “Every family can feel that sense of security that was the essence of America’s middle class experience, but we can’t just go back to the way things used to be.

“We’ve got to move forward to an economy where everybody gets a fair shot, everybody gets a fair share, everybody plays by the same set of rules,” he said.

“And that’s what you guys are doing here in Albany. You are investing in your future. You’re not going backwards. You’re going forward.”

Obama went on to say, “With your help, I know we can get there. Because here in America, we don’t give up, we keep moving. We look out for one another. We pull each other up. That’s who we are, and if we work together in common purpose, I’ve got no doubt we can keep moving this country forward and remind the world just why it is that the United States is the greatest nation on earth.”

The campaign slogan was announced last week, with enthusiasm from supporters and mockery from opponents in part for its similarity to the liberal MSNBC’s slogan “Lean Forward.”

The Republican National Committee recently filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Office complaining that Obama has been mixing campaign with official presidential business.

“Obama for America has been cheating the American taxpayer by using taxpayer dollars to fund their general election efforts,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. “The president, who has held more campaign events in 3.5 years than any other president did in their full term, should refund the taxpayers for the cost of these trips through his campaign account Obama for America.”

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Many of the complaints involve official presidential trips to battleground states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. New York is no swing state and is almost certain to be in Obama’s column in the November presidential race. Nevertheless, Obama is using rhetoric during official presidential travel very similar to what he is using on the campaign trail.

During the official launch of his re-election campaign on Saturday, Obama spoke in Columbus, Ohio, where he used the word “forward” eight times and later that day in Richmond, Va., where he said “forward” seven times. “If you’re willing to work even harder in this election than in the last election, I guarantee you, we will move this country forward,” he said in both locations.

Obama was in Albany on Tuesday to pitch what he called a “to do list” to Congress that he vowed would accelerate job growth.

The five items on the list were eliminating tax incentives to companies that move overseas; making refinancing of mortgages more available; provide tax credits for hiring more employees; more subsidies for green energy; putting returning veterans to work in government jobs such as firefighters and police officers.

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