October 29, 2012

The Oct. 26 editorial “Four more years” made a persuasive case for President Obama’s reelection. But several points warrant clarification or amplification. First, it was not “a balky Congress” that approved the Troubled Assets Relief Program; it was a Congress, led by Democrats, that was coping with a balky House Republican caucus. This Congress, working in hand with a Republican administration when the nation’s economic future was on the line, is an example of the bipartisanship that has been sorely lacking the past four years.

The editorial appropriately noted that the Affordable Care Act is a signal accomplishment that, when fully implemented, will offer health insurance to the 45 million Americans who lack such coverage. But Mitt Romney’s unequivocal commitment to repeal this law went unmentioned. Mr. Romney’s willingness to abandon his once-held priority for universal health care and to sacrifice the potential benefits of the Affordable Care Act to gain favor within his party is a major reason why he should be judged unqualified for president.

Gerald Larson, Columbia

Leadership is commonly defined as helping a group to agree on and commit to an objective. Barack Obama has failed as a leader. Rather than give us hope and change, he has given us partisanship and failed to to develop consensus on solving the many pressing problems of the country, as epitomized by the coming fiscal cliff. In Massachusetts, Mitt Romney worked across the aisle and achieved consensus and action.

Bob Youker, Bethesda

I applaud your editorial board’s well-reasoned decision to endorse the reelection of President Obama. Mr. Obama may not have achieved all of the promises and goals envisaged in his historic first campaign, but he has shown a depth of knowledge and a commitment to the American people to level the playing field in an economic and social climate that threatens to set this country back dozens of years in a Mitt Romney administration.

Antoinette Cleveland, Takoma Park