On Nov. 6, Pitt County voters will cast ballots in this year’s general election. Today, The Daily Reflector offers its editorial board recommendation in the race for president.
Four years ago, nearly 70 million Americans participating in the presidential election cast their votes for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama to lead this country. Fearful of a prolonged economic collapse, inspired by a message of change and eager to turn the page on the eight-year administration of George W. Bush, these men and women invested their trust in the promising, but untested, Democrat.
On his watch, the United States can point to modest success in pulling back from the brink of a second Great Depression and is finally seeing some indication of economic recovery and job growth. However, that progress has come in spite of Obama’s imprecise and often misdirected vision for recovery, a haphazard approach that stands as the most compelling argument for the nation to choose former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as its next president.
Propelled by his 2004 Democratic National Convention speech, Obama leveraged a spartan resume and the public’s sincere desire for new ideas into the highest office in the country. While his victory succeeded in erasing a racial barrier to the Oval Office, Obama needed ideal conditions to excel given that he came to the presidency as a novice to governance.
What he inherited was no less than the greatest economic crisis of a generation. With the economy listing and Americans panicking, the measures advanced by this administration were far too short-sighted and ineffective to gain traction. Obama’s focus on an ill-timed reform of health care compromised the type of bipartisan action that would have helped families and demonstrate the leadership the nation expects.
The president can point to modest gains since, but that has not eased the pain of communities like ours. The country can continue down that path of sluggish renewal or it can choose a more seasoned hand. Romney’s experience as a governor and a businessman shows him more capable of tackling the complex economic problems the United States faces.
The president’s job entails more than fiscal matters, and Obama deserves credit for ending one war and slowly withdrawing from another. Romney needs more polish in this area, but every president enters office with that expectation and the governor will rise to the challenge.
This is no easy decision for voters and the public’s hope for Obama’s success makes turning away difficult. However, the present path is untenable and Romney offers the new direction America needs.