“Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”
You probably looked at the title of this entry, and said to yourself, “Part 5? Where are parts one through four?” Well, Part 5 took eight years to write. Back in 2008; about a week before the U.S. Presidential election, I wrote a 4-part series on how I had voted in previous elections and what I had remembered about Presidential elections in my childhood. At the end of the series, I explained my logic and reasoning behind my decision to “buck” my party’s opinion and vote for the other guy.
This blog was on hiatus during the 2012 election.
So now, we are less than 24 hours away from electing a new President in the United States and I have decided to pick up the series where I left off.
By the time 2012 rolled around, I had changed my mind regarding parts of the Barack Obama Presidency. I had started to change my mind at his 2008 Inauguration speech and later when he started to tackle the banking crisis and implementing The TARP program signed by former President George Bush. I was also impressed with his accomplishment in the successful take-down of terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden. Obama seemed to hit his stride with dealing with his opposition and he conducted the office of the Presidency with professionalism and statesmanship in dealing with his detractors.
In 2012, he faced Mitt Romney in the Presidential election. Romney had chosen Rep. Paul Ryan, a rising star in the Republican Party as his running mate. Issues focused on the Economy, the Middle East, the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. One “sound bite” stood out as the issue everyone talked about. It was a partial statement Obama had made regarding the importance of the government in maintaining infrastructure and how it affected businesses and industry. He was quoted,
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”
Romney countered with,
“To say that Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple, that Henry Ford didn’t build Ford Motors, that Papa John didn’t build Papa John Pizza … To say something like that, it’s not just foolishness. It’s insulting to every entrepreneur, every innovator in America.”
I remember Mitt Romney was intelligent, and poised, but not nearly as charismatic and comfortable as the sitting President and struggled through the debates with Obama. His memorably quoted and criticized ‘sound bite” in the second debate dealt with his willingness to add women to his cabinet and positions of leadership.
“I had the chance to pull together a cabinet, and all the applicants seemed to be men… I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”
He did not sound, nor was accepted, in the intended way Romney had hoped; and Internet memes about “binders of women” and Romney filled the web.
On Election Day 2012, I had the following choices to mark an “X” beside their name.
Barack Obama – Joe Biden (Democrat)
Mitt Romney – Paul Ryan (Republican)
Gary Johnson – Jim Gray (Libertarian)
Virgil Goode – Jim Clymer (Constitution)
Jill Stein – Cheri Honkala (Green)
Rocky Anderson – Luis J. Rodriguez (Justice)
And although I am still not a fan of the Affordable Care Act and how it is implemented in my state, I chose the incumbent, President Barack Obama.
As his Presidency is now coming to a close, I now notice a less-stressful President, a President ready to become a statesman. I was not in favor of his first election, and I was wrong. Despite his detractors, he has become a good President, worthy of praise, not bitterness. I think History shall be kind to him.
“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”
“Getting Political” is a semi-regular feature of “On The Road With Dave”. While Dave is no political pundit by any stretch of the imagination; “Getting Political” allows him to stretch that imagination.