President earned another term

President earned another term

When Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, took the stage at the Democratic National Convention and extolled the intelligence and the strength of President Obama, he made many great points as to why the citizens of this country should re-elect the president. But I was struck most by one thing he said: When the next big crisis hits, whether it is a terrorist attack, banking collapse, natural disaster or confrontation with a foreign power, who do you want sitting in the Oval Office?

I can’t help but wonder how the terrorist attacks on 9/11 would have been handled if President Obama was in charge at the time. Who knows, they may have been intercepted before it occurred. Would we have gone to war in Iraq, causing the best of our children to be killed or maimed and bankrupting the country? Would we even have a debt crisis now?

From day one in office President Obama has faced down more challenges than any president I can remember in my 59 years. And he did this with one hand tied behind his back due to the obstructionists in the Republican Party. I saw video of the president at the Washington Press Corps Dinner, cool as a cucumber, speaking to the crowd at this gala event. Never once did he tip off anyone that the raid to get bin Laden was under way. His entire presidency rode on the outcome and yet he went about his business as if nothing was occurring.

This election, sad to say, once again comes down to black and white. Can people honestly look inside themselves and see the real reason they are against President Obama, even to the point they will vote against their own self-interest to elect a billionaire who is so disconnected from the average citizen? Barack Obama is a leader who deserves another term.

Frank D. Dundee, Boardman