Debate proved much about president

Published 10:59pm Saturday, October 13, 2012

By Byrd Looper


Dear Mr. President:

The first debate turned out to be an embarrassing debacle for you. Apparently, you were totally unprepared to play hardball with Romney. Romney can win again in the next debate if he is super-prepared as he was for the first one. After the debate, you have labeled Mr. Romney as a liar, a very classless act by the White House.

Hopefully, the next time around, Romney will present you with your many broken promises made as you campaigned for election in 2007-2008. Perhaps your biggest early proclamation was that you would cut the federal deficit in half in fiscal 2009 from $1.4 trillion. The deficit has increased under your watch.

Next, you vowed to fix the economy within three years. Fourteen months later, you stated that if you missed the three-year deadline, your presidency would be a “one-term proposition.” Even though the jobless report for September showed an under 8 percent number — a suspicious drop — we still have a very weak economy. One term sounds good.

Per Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal’s assessment, your attempt to fix the economy has failed. I totally agree. Your first promise was to close Guantanamo Bay on your first day in office. Thankfully, you realized that it would be foolish to do close Gitmo.

The bad news is that a number of the terrorist detainees you have released have rejoined terrorist groups and are our active enemies once again, killing our military personnel in Afghanistan conflicts. Why in the world would you think that it was necessary to release our sworn terrorist enemies who only want a chance to kill Americans?

The price of gasoline has jumped 30 cents per gallon in California on Oct 3 and now is more than $5.50 per gallon in that state.

Your refusal to approve the Canada to Texas pipeline is just another example of you ignoring the American resources that are available in several ways: oil, coal and natural gas.

Finally, our national security in the Middle East is in a shambles. Using Egypt, Libya, Syria and Iran as prime examples.

The murder of our Libyan ambassador by suspected terrorists, along with three other American agents, two of whom were former Navy Seals, appears to be a lack of appropriate security. Again, your ultimate responsibility, Mr. President, is national security.

  • popdukes12

    James, There is a slight amount of truth to what you say. Please consider that the STJ only has one black reporter, and he probably isn’t from Selma. Very few (if any) of the editorial staff are from Selma (born there and know where the bones are buried). I know the editor (Tim) is always open to reporting any stories coming from the black community. I do not have the details on the racial makeup of the STJ subscribers, or advertisers, but feel rather sure it would be disproportionately white (given that only 3500 whites still live in Selma). Please remember that you are only seeing the online paper, and not the complete paper. Politicians post op-eds all the time, and the majority of them are black. The piece you posted your comment to is written by a contributor that is know for his extremist views and he is the exception, not the rule to the attitudes of Selma residents. pops

  • James Morrow

    I used to subscribe to this paper but I notice that this paper only spot light one race achievements and others races failures. This is one paper and city that will never rid itself of racism. The paper need to be rename the Division Times Journal.

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