Op-Ed: President's Re-Election Shows Country Wasn't 'Fooled' by Romney

Ilene Johnson, who was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, is elated the country didn't listen to Mitt Romney's "smooth talk," and instead sided with her hope for the future.

Last September I was proud to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention and re-nominate Barack Obama to be President of the United States. I was elated last night to have witnessed his re-election.
I was concerned over the past week that President Obama would not win, and my husband and I were worried about what kind of future our daughter would have in America; an America without support for public education, access to healthcare and too eager to go to war. I was concerned that the same people who ran the Bush administration and got us into the Iraq fiasco would be calling the shots again. My conservative friends who complain about the ‘welfare state’ are the same ones benefiting from all these programs and would be hard pressed to pay for their parents’ health expenses without Medicare or their children’s schooling without public education.

I am comforted by the fact that the voters of the United States did not fall for Mr. Romney’s smooth talk. And, they did not listen to the lies and trash talk put forth by the extreme right wing of the Republican Party which were ugly and did nothing to help bring this country together to solve problems. We kept hearing the same shrill nonsense that the President is a foreigner/Muslim/communist/socialist/atheist along with everything else that would have been swept under the rug had Mr. Romney done it.

The Romneys do not seem to understand the middle class. Mr. Romney’s comments about the 47 percent were appalling. Anne Romney’s comment “That’s all YOU PEOPLE are going to get” when talking about releasing more of Mr. Romney’s tax returns was insensitive. I have no doubt that Mrs. Romney put in some work raising five boys, but she does not count her pennies at the grocery store like I and my neighbors do. The Romneys' attitude towards their fellow Americans reflects that.

I understand people change their views on issues, but Mr. Romney seemed to change his every week. I felt I could not trust him in the event he would want to send our young people to war. How would we know what the facts were? You cannot fool all of the people all of the time and yesterday the American people showed they were not fooled.

I am proud of our president’s accomplishments. I am pleased we have someone handling foreign affairs with a smart brain and a cool head who speaks softly and carries a big stick. I am pleased we have someone who knows the difference between a hand out and a helping hand up. We have a future now. God bless the United States of America.

Andy Luick November 09, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Joan - thanks, I honestly didn't know that....either way, it should be done away with. I've never heard it advertised before Obama so assumed wrongly that it was created by the current administration. Either way...has to go. This whole notion that government needs to provide a permanent safety net for a its people is ridiculous. Our country has gotten fat, lazy & ignorant over the past number of decades...and, to me, the major cause is simply that people feel like they don't need to work....Uncle Bush or Uncle Obama will take care of me. We need to look at every single government entitlement program and cut as much as we can. When our economy is turned around then we can look at re-establishing some of these programs. For me, if it's not about educating our people or providing real job training and giving small businesses...not large ones....the incentive to create job & train workers...then we don't need the program. I'm not an expert but almost every small business person I have spoken with is either closing shop or converting workers to 1099 subs to avoid Obama-care. The government can't handle what it already has...even with the expansion of workers. I'm sure I am not as learned on the topic as some of you...but it completely galls me to no end that we are where are in this country. How are we helping foreign countries when we have people starving here? It just doesn't make sense!
MS Judi November 10, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I find it ironic, that the same people that condemn middle-eastern countries that have an Islamic perspective, are the same ones trying to segregate our country by religion and gender. TALK ABOUT HYPOCRITICAL BEHAVIOR!!
Beth Thompson November 10, 2012 at 08:27 PM
What accomplishments are you referring to in the last paragraph? I really am interested in the specifics that you see as positive results of President Obama's leadership in the last 4 years because I can name only a very few. And I am completely baffled by your description of him as someone who speaks softly and carries a big stick in reference to his foreign policy. He lied to the American people about the Benghazi attack when he knew almost immediately that it was a terrorist attack. Since an American consulate in a foreign country is considered American soil, why has he not responded to the attack and murder of our civil servants there? To me, the attack was an act of war. Where is Obama's big stick???
Bonnie November 15, 2012 at 06:08 PM
They didn't fall for Romney's "smooth talk?" No - they fell for Obama's smooth talk - and his deception (voter fraud, Fast and Furious, Libya, Iran shooting drone, keeping your doctor, price of insurance going down, etc.) and hand-outs. If you voted for Obama, watch what is happening now - Libya, Obamacare, and taxes in particular. As if that isn't bad enough, watch what happens in the future. Then you'll understand why so many voted for Mitt Romney.
Bonnie November 15, 2012 at 06:13 PM
This annoying Op-Ed is a perfect example of the animosity fostered between Americans. It is a shame that we can't disagree on issues without being petty and offensive. I think this Op-Ed written in a manner that is gloating rather than gracious in victory. It seems to be aimed at the people whose candidate lost the election. That is a terrible way to celebrate your victory. Interesting, isn't it, that the Republicans are more polite and gracious in defeat than the Democrats are in victory. Why are they so angry all the time?


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