Obama deserves to be re-elected

I'm voting wholeheartedly for President Barack Obama.

Despite inherited crises and an opposition sworn to ruin his presidency, he has been a good president and overall made positive, thoughtful decisions. Importantly, his calm, pleasant manner is uplifting.

The president's opponent has been unscrupulous in business, questionably adequate when governor, dismissive of the 47 percent, an embarrassment overseas, and showed poor judgment in his choice for a running mate. Because Mitt Romney conveniently changed his position on many important issues, he is not trustworthy.

Obama prevented a depression, improved the economy, created jobs, saved the auto industry, got health care, appointed excellent Supreme Court Justices, fought for women and equal rights, and replaced knee-jerk warring with diplomacy.

Obama kept America safe, strongly supports allies and is restoring trust in America throughout the world. He deserves re-election.

Celia Menczel

Walnut Creek

Obama broke every promise

When endorsing President Obama, the Times repeated his talking points: We've come too far to go back now.

What has Obama done but broken every promise he made? The Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden under a program started by George W. Bush.


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The problem is most journalists are liberals. They are Democrats and try to spin the news for their candidate.

Obama wants to make this election about small things -- $9 birth control, Big Bird -- because on the big things he doesn't look good. He said if he spent enough money to give everyone in the United States thousands of dollars, unemployment would drop to 5 percent.

Under Obama, the number of people on food stamps and living in poverty has doubled.

Now let's take a look at his character. Had a Republican president been watching Benghazi unfold in real time on a satellite feed, denied request for help in real time, and then lied about it for two weeks, it would be on the news 24/7. Google Obama watching Benghazi attack.

Vote for Mitt Romney.

Bill Jones

Pleasant Hill

Obama merely the better choice

I hate to be picky, but President Obama isn't the best choice, he's the better choice.

A. J. Buttacavoli

Walnut Creek

Romney's trip to wishful thinking

I will vote for President Obama.

He was expected to repair the economic devastation over which President Bush presided during the last 14 months of his second term. But no president could repair such a catastrophic wreck in only four years.

The United States has significantly recovered since Jan. 20, 2009; any American who denies that is blatantly dishonest. Despite the progress, more perseverance will be required before a robust economy is achieved. Such structural rebuilding easily could be a decade away.

Mitt Romney has promised to add 12 million jobs in four years; that projection is the product of his trip to wishful thinking. Americans who believe that contrived and unattainable claim deserve Romney.

I want a president with conviction; Romney doesn't comprehend that virtue. Every moderate belief he espoused during his unsuccessful senatorial bid, and as governor of Massachusetts, has been sacrificed on the altar of political expedience.

The gloom and doom Republicans enjoy preaching incessantly convinces me they have no faith in the resilience of our people.

Ronald Entwistle

San Pablo

Obama failed to fix problems

The constant plea from President Obama is that he didn't know how big the problems were when he took office and that he needs more time to fix them.

He was hired to solve problems and his solutions failed. Four more years of applying the same solutions will not result in a different outcome.

Hope wasn't an effective strategy, so change is required. I'm voting for Mitt Romney.

John Wittenbrink

Clayton

Republican Party is now regressive

I will vote for Barack Obama.

I used to be a proud member of the Republican Party. I voted for Goldwater, Nixon, Ford, Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Now, I'm ashamed the GOP has become a reverse of Robin Hood -- taking from the poor to give to the rich. See Paul Ryan's proposed budget, in which 62 percent of the savings are derived from canceling programs for the poor.

I'm ashamed the GOP has seen fit to try to disenfranchise legitimate opposition voters through subterfuge and any other dirty approach they can muster. Voter fraud indeed!

I'm ashamed the GOP supports and protects the Wall Street bandits, bankers and corporations, whose greed, if left unchecked, will surely lead to the demise of this great nation. Mitt Romney and company want to remove the regulations on these villains, as well as regulations to ensure clean air and water.

To paraphrase a popular saying: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men and women do nothing."

Please, good men and women, don't vote Republican.

M. Danny Levin

Benicia

Voting Romney by default

I will vote for Mitt Romney, not because he will, or can, do all the things he's pledged, but out of default. Neither political party does what they say they'll do, but I have more faith in Romney.

I've seen President Obama's record. He has drastically expanded the government, especially with entitlements, food stamps and other handouts. In 1960, entitlement programs were less than one-third of the federal budget; currently it's more than two-thirds of a much larger budget with greater corresponding deficits.

When the economy improves, I don't expect to see these entitlements reduced. While the Republicans aren't blameless (e.g., George W. Bush), the expansion of these programs and deficits has been much more generous under the Democrats. Obama has been "freewheeling" in this regard.

The country's reaching the point of no return, and Obama's tax-the-rich idea won't put a dent in the problem. He has no other deficit-reduction plan.

Romney is in a better position to expand the economy, which will bring in more tax revenue. Obama doesn't have a clue about employment expansion, only the expansion of government.

Thomas R. Vinzent

Orinda

Romney lacks moral character

I plan on voting for President Obama, given Mitt Romney's lack of moral character.

Romney cynically manipulated the bankruptcy laws during his business career. It is well documented that Bain would withdraw large dividends from companies they invested in and bankrupt them after a year had passed, and the withdrawals were protected from the bankruptcy court, hurting suppliers and employees who had trusted them (see Rolling Stone).

It is arguable that Romney's net worth could be attributable to the compounded proceeds from bankruptcies. What this says about his social contract with America is that anything goes as long as he and his associates get theirs. Romney should follow the example of Mark Twain and repay his creditors.

Robert Fellows

Lafayette