Sat, April 04

Letter: Clear contrast in presidential election


The presidential conventions are over, and what a contrast. The Republican speakers sounded as if they were running for president, especially New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Romney’s name was barely mentioned until the end of most speeches. Democratic speakers praised Obama from start to finish. Republicans dismissed their own platform; Democrats fixed theirs at the insistence of President Obama, who actually reads and believes the Democratic platform. Our troops and our veterans were not even mentioned by Romney; the Democrats made thanking our troops and our vets for their sacrifice and service a major part of the convention.

Former President Bush was not even mentioned during the Republican convention; Former President Bill Clinton gave probably the best speech during the Democratic convention. Best line of either convention: Bill Clinton, when he said, “In Tampa, the Republican argument against the President’s re-election was pretty simple: we left him a total mess, he hasn’t cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in.”

Dumbest line was delivered by Charles Krauthammer, analyst for Fox News when he said after hearing Obama would be moving his speech inside instead of using BOA stadium due to weather “They had months to figure out what the weather would be like tonight.”

The Democratic convention was filled with energy, diversity, and community, and this year they seemed to dress better than some of us Democrats usually do. The Republican convention seemed rather tepid, much less diversity, and, well, some weirdness. Think Clint Eastwood. Obama appeared to get a good bounce in the polls after the convention. If he can do well in the upcoming debates he may pull this election off. Study, do your homework, and vote Nov. 6.

Bob Burke

Beaver Creek

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