In a head fake of typical Barack Obama proportions, the immediate claim of Obama's campaign and surrogates concerning "revenge" was that Barack Obama was talking about the automobile manufacturer "lie" provided by Mitt Romney in "desperation" because he knows he has lost Ohio and Michigan.
But the reality is that his comment concerning "revenge," just like his comment about not bringing voters to polling places unless they prove they are voting for him, is exactly what he said. He intends to exact revenge from those who voted against him.
This was confirmed in a post on Ulsterman's site on November 1, 2012, just hours before Obama's revenge comment from Valerie Jarrett.
The part that really stuck out to me was when I overheard the rep say that Jarrett told them, “After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.” She was talking directly to about three of them. Sr. staff. And she wasn’t trying to be quiet about it at all. And they were all listening and shaking their heads and smiling while she said it. Pretty creepy.
It is possible that Jarrett never said this. Just like it is possible that Obama never said what he did about bringing voters to polling places unless they are voting for him.
Maybe revenge is what everyone wants who is voting for Obama. Revenge for not allowing him to do whatever he wants. Revenge for those who do not vote for him because they are racists. Revenge because Obama is the answer to our problems.
But it is not the revenge part that is most troubling. The part that is most troubling is the statement that the "ones who helped us will be rewarded." Maybe this is politics as usual. It just depends on the rewards.
After all, Jarrett and Obama are both from Chicago.