Obama's opportunity to shine used to attack Romney
In the presidential debate on Oct. 16, President Obama had two minutes to say whatever he wanted as a “closing” argument to the American people. He knew he trailed Romney by 7 percent in a recent Gallup poll and needed to use this critical time to clearly state what he felt was the most important and essential reason for a second term. He could say anything he wanted, uncontested. He could have said he now understands that increasing the buying power of the middle class trumps a tax cut or that he now knows he needs to limit federal spending to offset his $5 trillion debt increase, or maybe even tell the American people that Chief Justice John Roberts was indeed correct that Obamacare is a mandatory tax and not a magical zero-sum entitlement.
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Instead, Obama chose to dissect a heavily edited videotape surreptitiously recorded at a fundraiser where Mitt Romney was simply answering a question about the process of gaining a 50.1 percent majority by stating, in admittedly plain-spoken terms, that people who pay no taxes are ipso facto not likely to support or care about reducing taxes on those who do. At the most crucial and defining moment of a failing campaign, Obama chose to attack and parse an out-of-context statement that common sense says is unfailingly true.
The decisions we make in difficult times offer an unblinking view into our inherent integrity, values and honor. It was at just such a moment that Obama unwittingly revealed his.
Kyle Toal, Oklahoma City
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