Romney revised


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

Walla Walla



campbell_rd says...

Nope Romney was right on form and stayed on subject. Obama was finally caught without his teleprompter, and no record to stand on.

Posted 5 October 2012, 11:59 a.m. Suggest removal

pdywgn says...

campbell_rd, That's the way I saw it to other then Obama failing to make eye contact gave the impression of deceit and not understanding his own policies.

Posted 7 October 2012, 5:01 p.m. Suggest removal

blueskies says...

Thank you Dolores for your letter.

Romney stayed on subject with a revised pitch that had little to do with what he has espoused in the past. About the only thing we really know about Romney is that he says what is convenient at the moment and then repeats it endlessly until the next time he changes his mind. Plus, this debate shows he is great at rude interruptions which, for some strange reason, was interpreted as skillful and point gaining.

Obama was looking at the camera and not Romney. I didn't find it conveying deceit but wanting to include viewers like me. My main complaint about Obama was that he didn't turn to Romney and challenge his shifting position on healthcare and taxes.

Posted 8 October 2012, 9:25 a.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

You only think that Obama was great if you are a public sector employee where you don't have to bear the brunt of his incompetency, inability & christian bashing ways!

Posted 8 October 2012, 7:09 p.m. Suggest removal

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