Mitt Romney showed more signs of being incompetent with yet
another gaffe, when he brazenly criticized many Democrats who
he needs to somehow win over.
His campaign has slowly turned into a calamitous affair, as
Obama appears to be the man that the majority of Americans may well
Mitt Romney branded 47% of American voters 'welfare spongers' in
a private dinner for some of his many wealthy donors.
The event was discreetly filmed and shown widely, there are no
hiding places from 'foot in mouth' moments any more.
After being exposed, he faced a heavy backlash he said at his
next conference appearance that he would "represent 100% of
Americans if voted into power".
Yeah right! I wonder why the change of heart?
"There are 47% of the people who will vote for the President no
matter what. All right, there are 47% who are with him, who are
dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who
believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who
believe that they are entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing,
Forgive my cynicism, but my guess is that those are not the
words of a man aiming to represent 100% of Americans any time
He is an obviously 'out of touch' billionaire who lives a very
different life to those of America's everyday people. His gaffes
are so reminiscent of George W. Bush; and we all know how
much of a calamity he was in office.
I truly hope the Americans voters let Obama continue what he has
He came into power when America's economy was the worst it has
been since the Great Depression. He had a mammoth and unenviable
task, and most sensible observers would admit that four years is
nowhere near enough to totally arrest the steep decline he
inherited, let alone overturn it.
The economy is now steady, and the next four years is where
Obama can become a little more dynamic, and truly stamp his
authority by passing the bills he really believes in.
Americans have to realise that George W. Bush took them into two
wars, and America cannot simply and rapidly 'bail out' without huge
and catastrophic consequences; they have to ease out over time.
They just cannot afford to potentially 'win the war' and then
'lose the peace' - yet again.
Trillions of dollars have been spent on the wars, and George W.
Bush was the smiling and willing 'cowboy' in charge; who seemed to
relish conflict and bloodshed.
My guess is Obama appears sensibly less 'gung ho', and more
instinctively inclined to want to talk and do things a lot more
peacefully prior to resorting to inherently risky and protracted
Israel and the Middle East will always be the very 'sticky', if
not unsolvable foreign policy issue for a US President's first
In many people's view, Mitt Romney has 'dutifully and gutlessly'
followed Bush in deciding that whatever Israel does is 'right', and
appears to back them unconditionally at every turn.
Sure Israel has a right to exist, and also to defend itself from
attack, but America and Europe must be seen to be 'even handed',
otherwise the conflict will only be further fuelled.
There is no room for bias.
I have Muslim and Jewish friends both here in London and New
York; so I hear and respect each side's points of view.
Most agree that the solution must be to "live side by side in
peace, and respect their differences".
This must be the collective focus of the governments of the
world, ideally through the United Nations.
Obama has just about handled the situation so far, but he really
does need to be more demanding of both sides in order to reach an
He must learn that 'you cannot make an omelette without breaking
some eggs'. A second term will enable him to be a little more
The Presidential debates are where I expected Obama to
increase his lead over Romney; as he is without doubt, one of the
best speakers I have heard anywhere for a very long time.
After a subdued and lacklustre showing in the initial debate,
Obama was back to his best and much more aggressive in the last two
debates, and in my humble opinion, showed Mitt Romney that he has a
way to go before he can compete with him on the world stage.
With only a couple of weeks to go, there is very little in the
title race, and it all depends on which way the swing States
It's hard to believe that an Obama victory will not be great
(and right) for the world and America, as he will then be able to
finish what he has started.
Bush Jnr left the world in turmoil. However, voter's memories
always appear to be very short, and fixated on the economy.
The world has become a more stable place, and the US economy is
at long last improving. Slowly, but still improving all the
Obama made a memorable statement to Romney during their last
debate; "the 1980s are asking for their policies back. When it
comes to our foreign policy you seem to want the policies
of the 1980s, just like you want to import the social policies of
the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1950s."
I fear if the Republicans are returned to power, we might well
experience some terrible policies that will no doubt slow down the
American economy, and consequently the world economy.
We must also expect and fear even more conflict, and a return to
America's isolation, much like in the time of Bush Jnr.
On November 6th the world will hold its breath, as the most
important US election in recent times will be in its vital last
round and the verdict will be announced.
Viva Barack Obama