Speaking at an event hosted by Generation Progress, the student arm of the leftist Center for American Progress, Vice President Joe Biden admitted that the “change” then-candidate Barack Obama promised in 2008 hasn’t happened.
“Look, folks, this is within our power to change. Everybody says because we tried in ‘08 and it didn’t happen, it’s not possible,” Biden told student activists. “Wrong. We’ve gone through these periods before,” he said, pointing to examples he experienced in his career.
“But folks, this is totally within our power. Change. Change for the better is absolutely possible, and I believe it’s close to inevitable, if you’re the drivers of it,” he added.
To some degree, President Obama has lived up to his promise. He has, for example, managed to consume more power for the executive branch, leaving the legislative branch as an afterthought in his approach to governance. That could have serious consequences for Americans given that presidents typically take the powers left by their predecessor as a floor, not a ceiling.