But he can't help saying exactly that in a "60 Minutes" interview to be aired on Sunday:
Look, everybody's concerned about inequality. Those folks in there, who were listening to the speech, those are teachers and small-business people, and probably some small-town bankers, who are in there thinking to themselves, "How is it that I-- we're -- working so hard, we now have Mom and Dad working hard, maybe if they're lucky, they might have two jobs to try to pay off their house note, and it just seems like they're treading water? And meanwhile, they know that corporate profits are at a record level, that a lot of folks are doing very well. What's happened to the bargain? What's happened to the American deal that says, you know, we are focused on building a strong middle class?
That is not a left or right position. That is an American position. And the question is going to be, in this election, whether or not we are able to reclaim that vital center of American thought and American values that says, "We're all in this together and, you know, it matters if we are building a broad-based middle class, where everybody is able to do their part and everybody's able to succeed.
The president has made it plain that his plan is to take from the "rich" and "give" to the middle class in the form of more money for federal programs. What the heck else is that but wealth redistribution? He has no intention of growing the pie so that all can share in wealth creation. His ultimate goal is to pit the middling classes against the rich, demonizing producers and penalizing success. Making people envious of their fellow Americans and their material wealth is his best route back to the White House and the campaign will spare nothing in achieving that goal.
The brazenness of claiming to believe one thing while carrying out policies that have exactly the opposite effect is going to be the hallmark of the upcoming campaign. It won't only be Obama blaming the opposition for his failures. The campaign will also be a massive disinformation effort that will seek to soften Obama's radical record with pleasing words that invoke America, patriotism, and solidarity against evil rich capitalists.
The plan has a very good chance of success.