October 17, 2012 By Jack Jodell
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President Obama came out swinging in last night’s debate. In so doing, he may very well have saved his presidency. While neither candidate suffered or administrated a severe knockout punch, by forcefully standing his ground on both the 9/11 attack in Libya and his successful bailout of the American automobile industry, the President emerged with a much-coveted victory.
Romney, naturally, was unable to defend his intenable comments concerning his stated belief that 47% of the electorate didn’t matter to him because, in his words, they viewed themselves as “victims” who were basically slackers sponging off of the government. It was fabulous that the President, in one of his last remarks of the evening, was able to drive this point home at the very end! I think this demonstrated, more than anything, the Republicans’ callous disregard for the poor and middle class, many of whom THEY, as wealthy business owners and trust-funders, are actually sponging off of, THEMSELVES, through their paying of a much lower rate of income taxes on capital gains (where a large part of their income and wealth is derived from)!
True to form, Romney tried to lie his way out of the fact that he had advocated the bankruptcy of GM and Chrysler at the beginning of 2009, and mumbled some absolute gibberish and nonsense about how the President had pushed these companies through bankruptcy himself, which was a bald-faced LIE. The truth is, of course, that Obama rescued these companies and set them once more on a profitable course by making them restructure and by granting large, much-needed government loans. These loans, every penny of which has been paid back, offered them capital at a very desprtate time when Romney’s Wall Street banking buddies were in no position to make such loans.
Romney was a typical Republican selfish bully much of the night, awkwardly trying to grab more time than he was entitled to and attempting to run roughshod over both moderator Candy Crowley AND the President. Fortunately, neither Ms. Crowley nor the President allowed themselves to be run over in such a fashion. Romney’s contempt for Obama was plainly evident. I would say he has equally strong contempt for the federal government he now wishes to gain control of.
But for me, the defining moment of the debate came when the President criticized Romney’s politically-motivated statements which were given immediately following the 0/11 Libyan attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. In one fell swoop, Obama clearly demonstrated Romney’s recklessness and foolhardy opportunism, and made it obvious that Romney is definitely not ready for prime time as Commander-In-Chief.
For it has become very clear that Romney will tell any lie, or say or do virtually anything, to obtain a vote. He is thoroughly self-centered and both he and his yuppie-puppy running mate Paul RUIN are overly ambitious. Romney has spent the last 20 years of his life trying to become President any way he can, and has contradicted himself repeatedly in that entire time. For that very reason, he has proven himself untrustworthy and not fit for the job of President.
Obama himself summed it up best last night when he said to Romney, “That is not what we do!”