“Guard The Change”

One of President Obama’s new themes is “Guard the Change”:  that is, protect the policy initiatives that have occurred during his first two years in office and shield them from encroachments by Republicans.

I’m sure this theme, like everything else in politics, has been focus group-tested — but doesn’t “guard the change” seems like an odd motto to use during an economic recession when so many people are scrimping and saving?  It conjures up images of Scrooge McDuck or some other miserly figure, rubbing his hands together, zealously standing watch over a jar of nickels, dimes and quarters and hoping to keep the Beagle Boys from getting their mitts on the coins.  “Guard the change” seems paranoid, defensive, and woefully out of step with the President’s typical efforts to inspire.