What Obama needs to do at Democratic convention

  • Article by: ARTHUR I. CYR , Scripps Howard News Service
  • Updated: September 1, 2012 - 1:49 PM

He must provide a persuasive argument for re-election, and foreign policy should be included.

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pumiceSep. 1, 12 3:07 PM

"[President Obama] must provide a persuasive argument for re-election..." Mitt Romney provided the perfect rhetorical frame for such an argument when he said, "You know there's something wrong with the kind of job he's done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him." Setting aside the fact that I didn't vote for candidate Obama, there have been several occasions when I'm glad he won and when I wish I hadn't left the oval unfilled on my ballot. Here's a short list: (1) When he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act. (2) When he signed ARRA. (3) When the Recovery began. (4) When his Presidential Memorandum extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. (5) When his Presidential Memorandum protected same-sex partners’ visitation/healthcare decision-making rights. (6) When he signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. (7) When he supported the repeal of DADT. (7) When he signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act. (8) When he established the White House Council on Women and Girls. (9) When he directed financial agencies to establish Offices of Women and Minorities to promote more diverse hiring. (10) When he pushed a settlement in the black farmers lawsuit against USDA. (11) When he signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. (12) When his EO increased Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities. (13) When he provided $12.2 billion in new funding for IDEA. (14) When he signed ACA; Dodd-Frank (including Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection); Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act; STOCK Act; Credit CardAccountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act; HARP -- any consumer protection law and laws which protect middle class workers... (15) How well he reflects America's character when he appears on the world stage.

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mylittleidSep. 1, 12 3:50 PM

It would be a really nice change of pace for a political convention if the Democrats stick to actual facts and put forth detailed proposals for what they are going to do. It would be such a complete contrast to the pathetic lies and deliberately vague proposals of the Republican convention that I think it would go a long way with voters.

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lovingsonSep. 1, 12 4:54 PM

If Obama wants the country first, he would get up front of everyone and say he will not run for re-election

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strat1954Sep. 2, 12 7:18 AM

Perhaps he should think of a nice way to say bye bye.

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pitythefoolsSep. 2, 12 9:06 AM

At this point, it may be best for Obama to say nothing at all. Independents will decide this election. Those who haven't yet decided are waiting for some reason to decide. The RNC "Old Man And A Chair," Paul Ryan's "I cannot tell anything but lies," and Romney's "I don't have a plan" are far more decisive than anything Obama might say.

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hjlazniSep. 2, 12 9:29 AM

Change and then hope instead of hope and change.

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