Here are a few snippets from the article A New Bush Era or a Push Era? by Amy Goodman posted on Nation Of Change,
Back when Barack Obama was still just a U.S. senator running for president, he told a group of donors in a New Jersey suburb, “Make me do it.” He was borrowing from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who used the same phrase (according to Harry Belafonte, who heard the story directly from Eleanor Roosevelt) when responding to legendary union organizer A. Philip Randolph’s demand for civil rights for African-Americans.
When forces used to having the ear of the most powerful person on earth whisper their demands in the Oval Office, the president must see a force more powerful outside his window, whether he likes it or not, and say, “If I do that, they will storm the Bastille.” If there’s no one out there, we are all in big trouble.
That last paragraph in particular, that’s all I have been saying, folks.
It may come as no surprise that the story by Harry Belafonte was told to Amy Goodman in an interview I have posted on this blog, Harry Belafonte Discusses President Obama.
I wish that Elizabeth Warren would acknowledge that Occupy Wall Street is doing her and Obama the favor that both FDR and Obama asked for.