Obama and Other Great Men Who “Tried Real Hard”

As most of you probably know, we’ve gone from “The Greatest Generation” to the “I Tried Real Hard Generation.”

These days, everyone’s a winner, everyone gets a trophy and everyone gets an “E” for Effort.

Consistent with this new ethos, my sources within the Obama campaign tell me they are changing the campaign slogan from “Forward” to “I Tried Real Hard.”

Here is President Obama unveiling the new slogan:

Let’s remember, it wasn’t just on bipartisanship that Obama tried real hard. He tried real hard to cut the deficit in half, to get unemployment below eight percent, to spur serious economic growth, to bring down health insurance premiums – which rose instead – and to stop the parade of foreclosures.

Writing in The Weekly Standard, Peter Wehner fleshes out nicely the various promises Obama tried real hard to keep. But didn’t.

But Obama really is stealing – he’s not the first Great Man to have made “Tried Real Hard” his catchphrase. White House Dossier today poured through the history books and found famous quotes from ten other men of substance who felt the effort was all the mattered.

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1. Winston Churchill: “We shall try real hard to defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall try real hard to fight on the beaches, we shall try real hard to fight on the landing grounds, we shall try real hard to fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall try real hard to fight in the hills; we shall try real hard never to surrender.”

2. Martin Luther King: I have a dream that one day this nation will try real hard to rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.

3. Ronald Reagan: “Mr. Gorbachev, try real hard to tear down this wall!”

4. Julius Caesar: “I came, I saw, I tried real hard.”

5. Arnold Schwarzenegger: “I’ll try real hard to be back.”

6. Teddy Roosevelt: “Try real hard to speak softly and carry a big stick.”

7. Phillip II of Macedon: “Divide and try real hard to conquer.”

8. John F. Kennedy: ”Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall try real hard to pay any price, try real hard to bear any burden, try real hard to meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.”

9. George S. Patton: “Try real hard to live for something rather than die for nothing.”

10. Vince Lombardi: “Trying real hard to win isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.”

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Are there any others that you remember?

 

Award winning journalist Keith Koffler has 16 years of experience covering Washington. As a reporter for CongressDailyNational Journal magazine, and Roll Call, Keith wrote primarily from the White House, covering three presidents and learning as few have the intricacies of the West Wing and the behavior and motivations of its occupants. While mainly stationed at the White House, he also extensively covered Congress and Washington’s lobbyists.

Keith has also written for a variety of other publications, including PoliticoThe Daily Caller, and The London Observer. He currently writes regular opinion columns for Politico. He blogs at whitehousedossier.com.

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Award winning journalist Keith Koffler has 16 years of experience covering Washington. As a reporter for CongressDaily, National Journal magazine, and Roll Call, Keith wrote primarily from the White House, covering three presidents and learning as few have the intricacies of the West Wing and the behavior and motivations of its occupants. While mainly stationed at the White House, he also extensively covered Congress and Washington’s lobbyists. Keith has also written for a variety of other publications, including Politico, The Daily Caller, and The London Observer. He currently writes regular opinion columns for Politico. He blogs at whitehousedossier.com.

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  • antonioz

    Try real hard to be perfect as your heavenly Father tries real hard to be perfect…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501002865 Tony Frasco

    There is a type for sympathy and a time to stare at the cold hard truth and say sorry buddy but your time is up.  

  • MaryK

    Oh, come on!  Scraping the bottom of the barrel, whether for laughs or trying REAL hard to be serious is “REALLY” disgusting.  That’s the problem with the 2012 political scene – there are so few who discuss the issues intelligently that most of us turn off our hearing aids.

  • edmundburk

    i think there have been people who have discussed the issues intelligently, it is
    up to the electorate to see beyond the D and the R and view the issues without
    party and ideological prejudice.

  • Subvet

    I’m trying real hard not to laugh. You can guess the result.

  • choose_life_now

    By the end of Pres. O’s first term, nearly 5 million American babies will have lost their lives at the hands of evil abortionists thanks to the Dems, if re-elected, another 5 million dead! and untold millions aborted by chemical means paid for by Catholic employers who were forced by your HHS administrator! At the final judgement, those souls who were not given the chance to live and love in this world, not given the chance to find a spouse and with the help of the Creator, co-create more servants for the Him, will surround the the Just Judge, and each individual Catholic will face them. Which Catholics, while holding in their hands the 2012 Presidential ballot, will ask those poor souls to pray to HIM for Mercy? Think about it.

  • carmen

    Still trying real hard to blame the republicans, when is he going to own up to almost 4 yrs of failure?

  • Harry Suwanto

    “Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

    - Yoda (In Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)

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