By Jay Thomas Willis
Senior Columnist and Political Analyst
The Mid-South Tribune
Black Information Highway
Last week President Obama got tired of waiting for Romney to bring him the game, and decided to take the game to Romney. In a recent article [See article on the Black Information Highway on the Jay Thomas Willis lane] I discussed the fact that President Obama seemed slow to respond to GOP attacks, which are really more like insults in disguise. He was also slow to respond to attacks when he ran against Hillary Clinton and John McCain.
Romney seemed surprised that Obama suddenly decided to defend himself, and then go on the attack. At least it was enough to get the Romney camp to wipe that silly grin off their faces. Both Romney and Obama have released a series of negative attack ads. Apparently, Obama has decided to do what it takes to get the job done
President Obama attacked Romney about his record at Bain Capital. Obama and his campaign say that Romney was still affiliated with Bain after he went to Salt Lake City, Utah to run the Olympics. They also said this could be considered a felony.
Obama says Romney created jobs but he did so in other countries while outsourcing them. He also attacked Romney for not making available more than two years of his income-tax statements, indicating he must have something to hide.
Romney gave the excuse that two years of income-tax statements were enough, and the more he made available the more they would want him to turn over. When it’s obvious that most candidates for president turn over more than two years of their income-tax statements, some presidents turn over up to 20 years.
The Obama camp says Romney is attempting to change the story line away from his Bain Capital tenure and investments in foreign tax havens and offshore accounts.
Obama also says, “Romney’s main calling card for wanting to be president is his private-sector experience. So we asked the voters to examine that experience. He invested—made money investing in companies that had been called pioneers of outsourcing. I don’t want pioneers of outsourcing in the White House; I want somebody who believes in insourcing. Let’s bring those jobs back home.”
Democrats indicate that Romney doesn’t care about the middle class, and if he becomes president, we would likely continue to see a decline in the economy.
Romney compared Obama’s administration to those in foreign lands where the well-connected receive government handouts while the middle class suffers.
Romney said, “We’re seeing the president hand out money to the businesses of his campaign contributors,” as he stood in front of a large sign that read, “Obama’s Upside-Down Economy.”
John Sununu, Romney’s chief surrogate said, “The President needed to learn how to be an American.” Romney continues to attack Obama for a so-called failure to create jobs as well.
For a while Obama couldn’t go to the bathroom without being accused by Republicans of not even getting that right. If he walked on water they would ask him why he didn’t swim. Some say he gets these types of reviews because he is Black, and we still live in an essentially racist nation, while others say he has simply failed to perform as president. Many don’t even consider him Black but mixed race.
It’s felt that even if politicians felt negative about Obama’s race, they are far too sophisticated to make blatant statements about it. Just a few years ago we had not made such progress, and had many who thrived on making negative statements.
Republicans—especially don’t want to see Obama get a second term. They will do anything necessary to keep this from becoming a reality. Some would rather see the whole governmental process stifled. It seems nothing makes any difference to some Republicans except defeating Obama.
Obama needs to keep being aggressive if he hopes to make any headway in the November 2012 election.
The vicious volleying goes back and forth with no end in sight. Look for this negativity to increase between now and November.
Mr. Willis is a Senior Columnist and Political Analyst for The Mid-South Tribune ONLINE and the Black Information Highway. He is the author of twenty-three books, fifteen professional journal articles, a number of magazine articles, and over 300 newspaper articles. His books can be reviewed at http://www.jaythomaswillis.com. Email him direct at firstname.lastname@example.org . For more on Jay Thomas Willis, travel on the Black Information Highway at www.blackinformationhighway.com . Welcome, Travelers!