Anyone else have difficulty recognizing the man who debated President Obama Wednesday night? Looks to me like someone shook the Etch-a-Sketch again.
Mitt Romney’s former stern, unyielding proclamations now had qualifiers. Yes, he’d repeal Obamacare his first day in office ... but he’d restore its most popular elements. He suddenly had a convert’s zeal for the middle class.
To be fair, he’d give middle-class families a 20 percent tax cut right along with the 20 percent for the wealthy. Those who least needed it would get more, those with lower incomes would get less, and those who didn’t pay taxes because their incomes weren’t high enough to tax ... well, 20 percent of nothing is nothing.
One thing that hadn’t changed was Romney’s unrestrained confidence that he could do everything he said he would. “I will—I will—I will.” He must think a president has the power of a dictator.
Obama, humbled by the reality of presidential constraints, also voiced his intentions for a second term, but more importantly he listed a number of things he actually did.
As in a bad marriage where one spouse is willing to try to fix it and the other is determined to get a divorce, Obama’s dream of bipartisanship was thwarted by Republicans’ lockstep (and proudly announced) noncooperation. So he did what was in his power. I admire him for not capitulating to those who insisted on “my way or the highway.” He took the “highway” and got much accomplished in spite of adversaries who refused to play on Team USA.
I appreciate what Obama accomplished. I believe the economy will continue to improve, and he will continue his thoughtful and respectful interaction with world leaders and not risk the conflagration of war though some call for actions that would likely spark it. I am eager to cast my vote for him again.
Dolores Klinsky Walker