Geof Stone on 'The Concerned Majority'

The concerned majority
Geoffrey R. Stone
Chicago Tribune
December 11, 2011

To whom was President Barack Obama speaking in his groundbreaking speech last week in Osawatomie, Kan.? I believe he was speaking directly to The Concerned Majority.

At this moment in our nation's history, the vast majority of Americans are concerned. They are concerned about the dysfunction of their government, the shakiness of the economy and the uncertainty of the future. They are concerned about jobs, education, medical care and retirement. They are concerned perhaps most of all about their children. They are right to be concerned.

What the president was telling the majority of the American people was that he understands and shares their concerns and that government — their government — has a responsibility to take those concerns seriously.