Obama deserves a 2nd term

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As Barack Obama’s first term comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to grade his presidency. Never before in my lifetime has a president come into office with such hope – and no, I wasn’t alive yet when John Kennedy took office. As a strong supporter of Obama’s in 2008, I’ll have to admit I’m disappointed.

His signature issue was the long-overdue implementation of universal healthcare, something enjoyed by every other citizen of every other industrialized country in the world. Unfortunately, Obama decided from day one that a truly universal, single-payer system (such as the logical expansion of Medicare) would never be achieved, even though he enjoyed Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress. Instead, the president opted for a so-called “public option,” in which citizens could decide for themselves if they wanted government-sponsored healthcare or private insurance – a watered-down stance, to be sure, but still palatable to me and others who elected him to bring affordable healthcare to the masses.

But then on the first day of Congressional negotiations, he publicly admitted that he could live without the public option. But what about us? What about those of us who can’t live without at least the public option? Those of us locked into high-deductible insurance plans which limit doctor choice and don’t cover every procedure, even those which are life and death? Alas, we received a bill of goods we did not vote for in 2008 – the biggest possible giveaway to the private insurers. A plan which, perhaps unconstitutionally, requires the purchase of private insurance by every American. Granted, it makes provisions for pre-existing conditions, and it covers far more Americans, but it is decidedly not what I expected.

It’s certainly better than nothing (that which we would have received under a John McCain presidency), but I’m giving Obama a straight “C” for his signature legislation. He watered it down to appease a Republican minority, and no Republican voted for it anyway. Hopefully, Obama will use this legislation as a stepping-stone to achieving real universal single-payer healthcare – even as a “public option.”

In foreign policy, I’m also giving the president a straight “C.” While it’s a welcome change to have a president who acknowledges that the United States and Israel cannot dictate Middle Eastern policy, the Guantanamo prison camp is still open, and alleged terrorists are still being held without charges. We still transfer some of these prisoners to countries which engage in torture, and I’m assuming the federal government can, and does, still tap into our cell-phone calls. So no improvement on civil liberties, no real vision for world peace, and worst of all, our young servicemen and women are still at war in two countries not responsible for the 9/11 attacks. (And here, I’m accusing Osama bin Laden and his small band of misfits of terrorism – not the entire country of Afghanistan.)

Remember when Gene McCarthy ran for president in 1968, saying that the Viet Nam War was not worth one more American life? Why hasn’t President Obama reached the same conclusion regarding Iraq and Afghanistan? How much more “nation-building” could there be for us to do there?

Now before you say, “But Andy, it sounds like you think Obama deserves an “F” for foreign policy,” let me point out that Obama hasn’t invaded any new countries – and don’t you think George W. Bush would have attacked at least Libya and Syria by now? Obama hasn’t escalated any war, the way Nixon did when he invaded Cambodia. And he was responsible for the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. I’ll stick with the “C.”

While the economy is still sputtering, we must remember that the economy continued to sputter during Franklin Roosevelt’s first term too. The Great Depression of 1929 (like the Great Recession of 2008) was too big an economic catastrophe for recovery to occur quickly. Republicans would like to have us forget that it was their policies that caused the Great Recession in the first place – waging two wars and paying for them with tax cuts rather than tax increases, as well as a lack of banking and lending oversight. While he’s certainly trying to solve the tax-cut problem (albeit with GOP resistance), Obama has solved the problem of runaway capitalism, and has replaced it with much-needed government oversight – not just to the banking industry, but to the credit card industry, and oil industry, and many others. I, for one, am glad to see my government is actually working for me, rather than attempting to make my wife’s reproductive decisions for her. I’ll go out on a limb and give the president a “B” on the economy.

So where does the president earn an “A?” On what the Sunday quarterbacks like to call “intangibles” – those elements not obvious in the numbers and statistics. Like FDR, Obama inspires confidence that things are under control with his leadership. That’s a trait that can’t be taught, or obtained later in life. Obama has that ability to inspire a troubled nation. Mitt Romney does not.

Obama’s greatest strengths have been these intangibles. Consider, he’s finally beginning to tear down the barrier of fear which keeps homosexuals from attaining equal rights with the rest of us, he’s standing up to those who pollute our environment and accelerate global warming, and he’s appointed moderate-progressives to the Supreme Court. In fact, if there is one reason, and one reason only, to give Obama a second term, it’s the Supreme Court. Had John McCain won the 2008 election, abortion rights, birth control, and other personal freedoms may now be historical footnotes.

So what’s Obama’s overall grade? I’m going with a B- or a C+. Do I think Mitt Romney should be given a chance? Of course not! While I haven’t been so unenthusiastic about two presidential candidates since 1972, I’m not shortsighted enough to desire a return to the exact same policies that caused the mess Obama inherited. Could Obama have done more? Absolutely! Should we throw him overboard and change captains of this ship we call the United States? Are you nuts?

Next time, I’ll look at the Indiana Senate and gubernatorial races.

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  1. Andy, you are a typical left wing liberal.You do NOT know what you are talking about. This president in my opinion has done nothing but destroy our economy,and make our country look weak to the rest of the world.You need to see the movie “Obama’s America 2016” and rethink what you wrote in your column in today’s Westfield Current newspaper. Romney is ten times smarter and more experienced than our current president. Furthermore, I will not support a president who bows down to our enemies. No American President should ever apologize for the United States of America like this president does. God forbid another 4 years of Obama. You will not even recognize our America then!

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As Barack Obama’s first term comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to grade his presidency. Never before in my lifetime has a president come into office with such hope – and no, I wasn’t alive yet when John Kennedy took office. As a strong supporter of Obama’s in 2008, I’ll have to admit I’m disappointed.

His signature issue was the long-overdue implementation of universal healthcare, something enjoyed by every other citizen of every other industrialized country in the world. Unfortunately, Obama decided from day one that a truly universal, single-payer system (such as the logical expansion of Medicare) would never be achieved, even though he enjoyed Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress. Instead, the president opted for a so-called “public option,” in which citizens could decide for themselves if they wanted government-sponsored healthcare or private insurance – a watered-down stance, to be sure, but still palatable to me and others who elected him to bring affordable healthcare to the masses.

But then on the first day of Congressional negotiations, he publicly admitted that he could live without the public option. But what about us? What about those of us who can’t live without at least the public option? Those of us locked into high-deductible insurance plans which limit doctor choice and don’t cover every procedure, even those which are life and death? Alas, we received a bill of goods we did not vote for in 2008 – the biggest possible giveaway to the private insurers. A plan which, perhaps unconstitutionally, requires the purchase of private insurance by every American. Granted, it makes provisions for pre-existing conditions, and it covers far more Americans, but it is decidedly not what I expected.

It’s certainly better than nothing (that which we would have received under a John McCain presidency), but I’m giving Obama a straight “C” for his signature legislation. He watered it down to appease a Republican minority, and no Republican voted for it anyway. Hopefully, Obama will use this legislation as a stepping-stone to achieving real universal single-payer healthcare – even as a “public option.”

In foreign policy, I’m also giving the president a straight “C.” While it’s a welcome change to have a president who acknowledges that the United States and Israel cannot dictate Middle Eastern policy, the Guantanamo prison camp is still open, and alleged terrorists are still being held without charges. We still transfer some of these prisoners to countries which engage in torture, and I’m assuming the federal government can, and does, still tap into our cell-phone calls. So no improvement on civil liberties, no real vision for world peace, and worst of all, our young servicemen and women are still at war in two countries not responsible for the 9/11 attacks. (And here, I’m accusing Osama bin Laden and his small band of misfits of terrorism – not the entire country of Afghanistan.)

Remember when Gene McCarthy ran for president in 1968, saying that the Viet Nam War was not worth one more American life? Why hasn’t President Obama reached the same conclusion regarding Iraq and Afghanistan? How much more “nation-building” could there be for us to do there?

Now before you say, “But Andy, it sounds like you think Obama deserves an “F” for foreign policy,” let me point out that Obama hasn’t invaded any new countries – and don’t you think George W. Bush would have attacked at least Libya and Syria by now? Obama hasn’t escalated any war, the way Nixon did when he invaded Cambodia. And he was responsible for the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. I’ll stick with the “C.”

While the economy is still sputtering, we must remember that the economy continued to sputter during Franklin Roosevelt’s first term too. The Great Depression of 1929 (like the Great Recession of 2008) was too big an economic catastrophe for recovery to occur quickly. Republicans would like to have us forget that it was their policies that caused the Great Recession in the first place – waging two wars and paying for them with tax cuts rather than tax increases, as well as a lack of banking and lending oversight. While he’s certainly trying to solve the tax-cut problem (albeit with GOP resistance), Obama has solved the problem of runaway capitalism, and has replaced it with much-needed government oversight – not just to the banking industry, but to the credit card industry, and oil industry, and many others. I, for one, am glad to see my government is actually working for me, rather than attempting to make my wife’s reproductive decisions for her. I’ll go out on a limb and give the president a “B” on the economy.

So where does the president earn an “A?” On what the Sunday quarterbacks like to call “intangibles” – those elements not obvious in the numbers and statistics. Like FDR, Obama inspires confidence that things are under control with his leadership. That’s a trait that can’t be taught, or obtained later in life. Obama has that ability to inspire a troubled nation. Mitt Romney does not.

Obama’s greatest strengths have been these intangibles. Consider, he’s finally beginning to tear down the barrier of fear which keeps homosexuals from attaining equal rights with the rest of us, he’s standing up to those who pollute our environment and accelerate global warming, and he’s appointed moderate-progressives to the Supreme Court. In fact, if there is one reason, and one reason only, to give Obama a second term, it’s the Supreme Court. Had John McCain won the 2008 election, abortion rights, birth control, and other personal freedoms may now be historical footnotes.

So what’s Obama’s overall grade? I’m going with a B- or a C+. Do I think Mitt Romney should be given a chance? Of course not! While I haven’t been so unenthusiastic about two presidential candidates since 1972, I’m not shortsighted enough to desire a return to the exact same policies that caused the mess Obama inherited. Could Obama have done more? Absolutely! Should we throw him overboard and change captains of this ship we call the United States? Are you nuts?

Next time, I’ll look at the Indiana Senate and gubernatorial races.

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  1. Wow. I’ve never disagreed more with someone’s point of view. The “hope & change fully transparent” candidate has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that he is anything BUT those empty promises. The recent Libya coverup is just one more example of the fiasco that we have in the White House. It is truly sad. Bin Laden may be dead and GM may be breathing, but al-Qaeda and terrorism remains a constant and elevated reality and the likes of Ford, Toyota, and Honda lead the way in the car industry. Our economy continues to struggle due to the lack of confidence that business owners have in the Washington and, particularly our “leader” there.

  2. Unfortunately, Mr. Ray is another blind, ignore-the-facts Obama supporter. Blind to the $16T debt, the fact that Obama has trampled the constitution to impose his will, the fact that they passed a MAJOR piece of legislation (Obamacare) WITHOUT allowing anyone to read it first, the fact that he is destroying our country’s military and thereby our nation’s security, the fact that Medicare is about to go bankrupt without making it even bigger with single-payor, the fact that he is a muslim sympathizer while persecuting Catholics and Christians…. do I need to go on because there’s a whole lot more…..! I give your article an “F”.

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As Barack Obama’s first term comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to grade his presidency. Never before in my lifetime has a president come into office with such hope – and no, I wasn’t alive yet when John Kennedy took office. As a strong supporter of Obama’s in 2008, I’ll have to admit I’m disappointed.

His signature issue was the long-overdue implementation of universal healthcare, something enjoyed by every other citizen of every other industrialized country in the world. Unfortunately, Obama decided from day one that a truly universal, single-payer system (such as the logical expansion of Medicare) would never be achieved, even though he enjoyed Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress. Instead, the president opted for a so-called “public option,” in which citizens could decide for themselves if they wanted government-sponsored healthcare or private insurance – a watered-down stance, to be sure, but still palatable to me and others who elected him to bring affordable healthcare to the masses.

But then on the first day of Congressional negotiations, he publicly admitted that he could live without the public option. But what about us? What about those of us who can’t live without at least the public option? Those of us locked into high-deductible insurance plans which limit doctor choice and don’t cover every procedure, even those which are life and death? Alas, we received a bill of goods we did not vote for in 2008 – the biggest possible giveaway to the private insurers. A plan which, perhaps unconstitutionally, requires the purchase of private insurance by every American. Granted, it makes provisions for pre-existing conditions, and it covers far more Americans, but it is decidedly not what I expected.

It’s certainly better than nothing (that which we would have received under a John McCain presidency), but I’m giving Obama a straight “C” for his signature legislation. He watered it down to appease a Republican minority, and no Republican voted for it anyway. Hopefully, Obama will use this legislation as a stepping-stone to achieving real universal single-payer healthcare – even as a “public option.”

In foreign policy, I’m also giving the president a straight “C.” While it’s a welcome change to have a president who acknowledges that the United States and Israel cannot dictate Middle Eastern policy, the Guantanamo prison camp is still open, and alleged terrorists are still being held without charges. We still transfer some of these prisoners to countries which engage in torture, and I’m assuming the federal government can, and does, still tap into our cell-phone calls. So no improvement on civil liberties, no real vision for world peace, and worst of all, our young servicemen and women are still at war in two countries not responsible for the 9/11 attacks. (And here, I’m accusing Osama bin Laden and his small band of misfits of terrorism – not the entire country of Afghanistan.)

Remember when Gene McCarthy ran for president in 1968, saying that the Viet Nam War was not worth one more American life? Why hasn’t President Obama reached the same conclusion regarding Iraq and Afghanistan? How much more “nation-building” could there be for us to do there?

Now before you say, “But Andy, it sounds like you think Obama deserves an “F” for foreign policy,” let me point out that Obama hasn’t invaded any new countries – and don’t you think George W. Bush would have attacked at least Libya and Syria by now? Obama hasn’t escalated any war, the way Nixon did when he invaded Cambodia. And he was responsible for the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. I’ll stick with the “C.”

While the economy is still sputtering, we must remember that the economy continued to sputter during Franklin Roosevelt’s first term too. The Great Depression of 1929 (like the Great Recession of 2008) was too big an economic catastrophe for recovery to occur quickly. Republicans would like to have us forget that it was their policies that caused the Great Recession in the first place – waging two wars and paying for them with tax cuts rather than tax increases, as well as a lack of banking and lending oversight. While he’s certainly trying to solve the tax-cut problem (albeit with GOP resistance), Obama has solved the problem of runaway capitalism, and has replaced it with much-needed government oversight – not just to the banking industry, but to the credit card industry, and oil industry, and many others. I, for one, am glad to see my government is actually working for me, rather than attempting to make my wife’s reproductive decisions for her. I’ll go out on a limb and give the president a “B” on the economy.

So where does the president earn an “A?” On what the Sunday quarterbacks like to call “intangibles” – those elements not obvious in the numbers and statistics. Like FDR, Obama inspires confidence that things are under control with his leadership. That’s a trait that can’t be taught, or obtained later in life. Obama has that ability to inspire a troubled nation. Mitt Romney does not.

Obama’s greatest strengths have been these intangibles. Consider, he’s finally beginning to tear down the barrier of fear which keeps homosexuals from attaining equal rights with the rest of us, he’s standing up to those who pollute our environment and accelerate global warming, and he’s appointed moderate-progressives to the Supreme Court. In fact, if there is one reason, and one reason only, to give Obama a second term, it’s the Supreme Court. Had John McCain won the 2008 election, abortion rights, birth control, and other personal freedoms may now be historical footnotes.

So what’s Obama’s overall grade? I’m going with a B- or a C+. Do I think Mitt Romney should be given a chance? Of course not! While I haven’t been so unenthusiastic about two presidential candidates since 1972, I’m not shortsighted enough to desire a return to the exact same policies that caused the mess Obama inherited. Could Obama have done more? Absolutely! Should we throw him overboard and change captains of this ship we call the United States? Are you nuts?

Next time, I’ll look at the Indiana Senate and gubernatorial races.

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As Barack Obama’s first term comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to grade his presidency. Never before in my lifetime has a president come into office with such hope – and no, I wasn’t alive yet when John Kennedy took office. As a strong supporter of Obama’s in 2008, I’ll have to admit I’m disappointed.

His signature issue was the long-overdue implementation of universal healthcare, something enjoyed by every other citizen of every other industrialized country in the world. Unfortunately, Obama decided from day one that a truly universal, single-payer system (such as the logical expansion of Medicare) would never be achieved, even though he enjoyed Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress. Instead, the president opted for a so-called “public option,” in which citizens could decide for themselves if they wanted government-sponsored healthcare or private insurance – a watered-down stance, to be sure, but still palatable to me and others who elected him to bring affordable healthcare to the masses.

But then on the first day of Congressional negotiations, he publicly admitted that he could live without the public option. But what about us? What about those of us who can’t live without at least the public option? Those of us locked into high-deductible insurance plans which limit doctor choice and don’t cover every procedure, even those which are life and death? Alas, we received a bill of goods we did not vote for in 2008 – the biggest possible giveaway to the private insurers. A plan which, perhaps unconstitutionally, requires the purchase of private insurance by every American. Granted, it makes provisions for pre-existing conditions, and it covers far more Americans, but it is decidedly not what I expected.

It’s certainly better than nothing (that which we would have received under a John McCain presidency), but I’m giving Obama a straight “C” for his signature legislation. He watered it down to appease a Republican minority, and no Republican voted for it anyway. Hopefully, Obama will use this legislation as a stepping-stone to achieving real universal single-payer healthcare – even as a “public option.”

In foreign policy, I’m also giving the president a straight “C.” While it’s a welcome change to have a president who acknowledges that the United States and Israel cannot dictate Middle Eastern policy, the Guantanamo prison camp is still open, and alleged terrorists are still being held without charges. We still transfer some of these prisoners to countries which engage in torture, and I’m assuming the federal government can, and does, still tap into our cell-phone calls. So no improvement on civil liberties, no real vision for world peace, and worst of all, our young servicemen and women are still at war in two countries not responsible for the 9/11 attacks. (And here, I’m accusing Osama bin Laden and his small band of misfits of terrorism – not the entire country of Afghanistan.)

Remember when Gene McCarthy ran for president in 1968, saying that the Viet Nam War was not worth one more American life? Why hasn’t President Obama reached the same conclusion regarding Iraq and Afghanistan? How much more “nation-building” could there be for us to do there?

Now before you say, “But Andy, it sounds like you think Obama deserves an “F” for foreign policy,” let me point out that Obama hasn’t invaded any new countries – and don’t you think George W. Bush would have attacked at least Libya and Syria by now? Obama hasn’t escalated any war, the way Nixon did when he invaded Cambodia. And he was responsible for the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. I’ll stick with the “C.”

While the economy is still sputtering, we must remember that the economy continued to sputter during Franklin Roosevelt’s first term too. The Great Depression of 1929 (like the Great Recession of 2008) was too big an economic catastrophe for recovery to occur quickly. Republicans would like to have us forget that it was their policies that caused the Great Recession in the first place – waging two wars and paying for them with tax cuts rather than tax increases, as well as a lack of banking and lending oversight. While he’s certainly trying to solve the tax-cut problem (albeit with GOP resistance), Obama has solved the problem of runaway capitalism, and has replaced it with much-needed government oversight – not just to the banking industry, but to the credit card industry, and oil industry, and many others. I, for one, am glad to see my government is actually working for me, rather than attempting to make my wife’s reproductive decisions for her. I’ll go out on a limb and give the president a “B” on the economy.

So where does the president earn an “A?” On what the Sunday quarterbacks like to call “intangibles” – those elements not obvious in the numbers and statistics. Like FDR, Obama inspires confidence that things are under control with his leadership. That’s a trait that can’t be taught, or obtained later in life. Obama has that ability to inspire a troubled nation. Mitt Romney does not.

Obama’s greatest strengths have been these intangibles. Consider, he’s finally beginning to tear down the barrier of fear which keeps homosexuals from attaining equal rights with the rest of us, he’s standing up to those who pollute our environment and accelerate global warming, and he’s appointed moderate-progressives to the Supreme Court. In fact, if there is one reason, and one reason only, to give Obama a second term, it’s the Supreme Court. Had John McCain won the 2008 election, abortion rights, birth control, and other personal freedoms may now be historical footnotes.

So what’s Obama’s overall grade? I’m going with a B- or a C+. Do I think Mitt Romney should be given a chance? Of course not! While I haven’t been so unenthusiastic about two presidential candidates since 1972, I’m not shortsighted enough to desire a return to the exact same policies that caused the mess Obama inherited. Could Obama have done more? Absolutely! Should we throw him overboard and change captains of this ship we call the United States? Are you nuts?

Next time, I’ll look at the Indiana Senate and gubernatorial races.

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As Barack Obama’s first term comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to grade his presidency. Never before in my lifetime has a president come into office with such hope – and no, I wasn’t alive yet when John Kennedy took office. As a strong supporter of Obama’s in 2008, I’ll have to admit I’m disappointed.

His signature issue was the long-overdue implementation of universal healthcare, something enjoyed by every other citizen of every other industrialized country in the world. Unfortunately, Obama decided from day one that a truly universal, single-payer system (such as the logical expansion of Medicare) would never be achieved, even though he enjoyed Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress. Instead, the president opted for a so-called “public option,” in which citizens could decide for themselves if they wanted government-sponsored healthcare or private insurance – a watered-down stance, to be sure, but still palatable to me and others who elected him to bring affordable healthcare to the masses.

But then on the first day of Congressional negotiations, he publicly admitted that he could live without the public option. But what about us? What about those of us who can’t live without at least the public option? Those of us locked into high-deductible insurance plans which limit doctor choice and don’t cover every procedure, even those which are life and death? Alas, we received a bill of goods we did not vote for in 2008 – the biggest possible giveaway to the private insurers. A plan which, perhaps unconstitutionally, requires the purchase of private insurance by every American. Granted, it makes provisions for pre-existing conditions, and it covers far more Americans, but it is decidedly not what I expected.

It’s certainly better than nothing (that which we would have received under a John McCain presidency), but I’m giving Obama a straight “C” for his signature legislation. He watered it down to appease a Republican minority, and no Republican voted for it anyway. Hopefully, Obama will use this legislation as a stepping-stone to achieving real universal single-payer healthcare – even as a “public option.”

In foreign policy, I’m also giving the president a straight “C.” While it’s a welcome change to have a president who acknowledges that the United States and Israel cannot dictate Middle Eastern policy, the Guantanamo prison camp is still open, and alleged terrorists are still being held without charges. We still transfer some of these prisoners to countries which engage in torture, and I’m assuming the federal government can, and does, still tap into our cell-phone calls. So no improvement on civil liberties, no real vision for world peace, and worst of all, our young servicemen and women are still at war in two countries not responsible for the 9/11 attacks. (And here, I’m accusing Osama bin Laden and his small band of misfits of terrorism – not the entire country of Afghanistan.)

Remember when Gene McCarthy ran for president in 1968, saying that the Viet Nam War was not worth one more American life? Why hasn’t President Obama reached the same conclusion regarding Iraq and Afghanistan? How much more “nation-building” could there be for us to do there?

Now before you say, “But Andy, it sounds like you think Obama deserves an “F” for foreign policy,” let me point out that Obama hasn’t invaded any new countries – and don’t you think George W. Bush would have attacked at least Libya and Syria by now? Obama hasn’t escalated any war, the way Nixon did when he invaded Cambodia. And he was responsible for the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. I’ll stick with the “C.”

While the economy is still sputtering, we must remember that the economy continued to sputter during Franklin Roosevelt’s first term too. The Great Depression of 1929 (like the Great Recession of 2008) was too big an economic catastrophe for recovery to occur quickly. Republicans would like to have us forget that it was their policies that caused the Great Recession in the first place – waging two wars and paying for them with tax cuts rather than tax increases, as well as a lack of banking and lending oversight. While he’s certainly trying to solve the tax-cut problem (albeit with GOP resistance), Obama has solved the problem of runaway capitalism, and has replaced it with much-needed government oversight – not just to the banking industry, but to the credit card industry, and oil industry, and many others. I, for one, am glad to see my government is actually working for me, rather than attempting to make my wife’s reproductive decisions for her. I’ll go out on a limb and give the president a “B” on the economy.

So where does the president earn an “A?” On what the Sunday quarterbacks like to call “intangibles” – those elements not obvious in the numbers and statistics. Like FDR, Obama inspires confidence that things are under control with his leadership. That’s a trait that can’t be taught, or obtained later in life. Obama has that ability to inspire a troubled nation. Mitt Romney does not.

Obama’s greatest strengths have been these intangibles. Consider, he’s finally beginning to tear down the barrier of fear which keeps homosexuals from attaining equal rights with the rest of us, he’s standing up to those who pollute our environment and accelerate global warming, and he’s appointed moderate-progressives to the Supreme Court. In fact, if there is one reason, and one reason only, to give Obama a second term, it’s the Supreme Court. Had John McCain won the 2008 election, abortion rights, birth control, and other personal freedoms may now be historical footnotes.

So what’s Obama’s overall grade? I’m going with a B- or a C+. Do I think Mitt Romney should be given a chance? Of course not! While I haven’t been so unenthusiastic about two presidential candidates since 1972, I’m not shortsighted enough to desire a return to the exact same policies that caused the mess Obama inherited. Could Obama have done more? Absolutely! Should we throw him overboard and change captains of this ship we call the United States? Are you nuts?

Next time, I’ll look at the Indiana Senate and gubernatorial races.

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  1. Lack of understanding of what ACTUALLY caused banking failure is allowing your flawed reasoning. That and a complete willful ignoring of the financial underpinnings the US as the greatest financial force in history which works everywhere it is tried.

  2. Correction to previous post: That and a complete willful ignoring of the financial underpinnings of the US has had for over 200 years making it the greatest financial force in history…based on principles which works everywhere it is tried. Ignor those facts and it is easy to say obama is worthy of a second term.

  3. andy seems confused.altho if u live in carmel u may not know that other parts of the country are in grave financial trouble. andy,s logic is flawed. the current president has added trillions to the national debt and refuses to recognize the problems itcauses for future generations. obviously andy has not seen the movie obama 2016..he should and if then makes a similar comentary i know severl excellent therapists who can assist him in recognizing reality as it is and not what he would like it to b.

  4. 3/4 of the entire national debt ever acquired has occurred under presidents named Reagan, Bush, and Bush. In fact, the National Debt Increase during the Obama Administration over the previous administration (G.W. Bush) has been lower than any other president’s increase (vs. previous presidency) since Herbert Hoover’s (with the exception of Bill Clinton, who actually lowered the debt).

    Tell you what, I’ll watch “Obama 2016” and you watch Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11,” and then we’ll compare notes.

  5. I feel this is a fair assessment and I completely agree. On foreign policy I would also mention the fact that our military still engages in drone strikes that are killing innocent civilians. I just don’t think that we would be better off with a Romney administration. Especially if you’re a woman.

  6. Let’s get some articles like this in the print edition! I have felt like I’ve been reading some newspaper owned by Fox News over the past 4 years when I read the Current. Don’t get me wrong, I considered myself a republican for my whole life until “W” wrecked our country in so many ways. Then my favorites get pushed out of this last primary and we get Willard Romney as our savior? Give me a break!

    This “tea party” attitude that has overtaken the Republican party is just sickening. Carmel is full of well-educated adults. Let’s start acting like it and have meaningful conversations!

  7. Oldbill Carmel on

    Andy Ray is a Obama liberal that does not understand what is or will be happening in the next four years. I am an older person that thinks the present course of giving everything to everyone is not going to work. When all the “rich” are no longer “rich”, where are the funds going to come from to give to everyone else? Goverment health care will be like any other goverment run entity–slow to respond, inefficient, uncaring, riff with people who are unqualified plus the huge new amount of goverment employees required. What will this new department cost the tax payer?

  8. Unfit4TheInternet on

    I just came across this article 2 years later, he gets a “F” and should not have been re-elected. He’s missed 1/2 of his briefings, is more distant and unaware than before, and campaigns more than is actually working. His 2nd term is a woeful failure and he doesn’t seem to care.

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