Message from Mitt


Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts,...

Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, 2008 US presidential candidate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Mitt Romney said that he would not be watching Barack Obama speak at the DNC on Thursday. At the time I thought that he was just using that as an excuse to avoid future questions. Just minutes ago, I received an email signed by Mitt that began this way, “It was interesting to hear President Obama speak at the Democratic National Convention.” Mitt changes his story from day-to-day and minute-to-minute. He then went on to criticize the President for not keeping his campaign promises.


Words of wisdom

U.S. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts

U.S. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


John Kerry is standing in for Mitt Romney in Barack Obama’s debate preparation. If anyone knows what Mitt needs to be prepared for, it is John Kerry. During his speech at the DNC, John Kerry gave some advice to Mitt. “Before you debate Barack Obama on foreign policy, you better finish the debate with yourself!” Words of wisdom that Mitt should take to heart.

Chief dress correspondent

Michelle Obama, official White House portrait.

Michelle Obama, official White House portrait. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Cecilia Vega, ABC’s chief dress correspondent, commented this evening on the dress that Michelle Obama wore during her speech last night at the DNC. Not the reporter’s fault, but I do think that the network programmers should devote time to more serious subjects, like childhood obesity or growing our own food naturally in local gardens. Both subjects involving Michelle Obama and of more importance.

Grading Obama

Michael Mike L. Baird's report card (A) from t...

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I have been an ardent supporter of Barack Obama from the moment he gave his speech to the Democratic National Convention in July, 2004, and that was the first time I had ever seen him. However, I have been disappointed in the results of his presidency so far, and I was left wondering just what was wrong. Confidence Men by Ron Suskind answered some of my questions, prompting me to prepare this report card on the Obama presidency so far. I do expect that Barack will be re-elected because the country would be in much worse shape after a Republican presidency. I also expect that Barack is learning on the job (he is a very fast learner) and will do better in his second term. The nation needs him to do more.

When Barack was elected, we faced a whole host of difficult problems, and the GOP played the obstructionist card to the maximum. Under those circumstances, it would have been difficult for the most experienced leader to lead us out of our difficulties, and Barack was new to the job. He made some early mistakes in personnel selections. Rahm Emanuel and Larry Summers have been replaced and that is a good thing. Barack needs to replace Tim Geithner, and I think that he knows that. If the Senate could be expected to approve a replacement without political theater, I believe that Geithner would be history by now.

All that said, here is my report card on the President so far:

Speech-making                     A+

Decision-making                    B-

Followup/execution               D

Organization                            C-

Bi-partisanship                         A-

Feeling our pain                        B

Solving problems                      C

Connecting to us                      B+

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