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The first thing I thought when Romney finally gave his concession speech last night (or really, early this morning) is one thing:

This is a guy who is as relieved as I was that he didn't win.

Seriously! He was as loose, relaxed and as comfortable as we had ever seen him all the way back to those early primaries and series of Republican debates! My sense is he didn't have the first clue about what he was going to do with the job. But then again, he never gave anyone any hint of what that would be, throughout the entire process.

In a way, it reminded me of the look on GWB's face when they appointed him President. Back in 2000, Dubya stared blankly out at the banks of cameras and made that "Church Lady" face and you got this eerie feeling that this was a person not prepared in any way to lead the country. The next eight years proved exactly that.

President Obama's speech showed a lot. He is inclusive. He does love this country. He works hard for us. He cares about women, and the disenfranchised and the working classes. He didn't thank the people who voted for him, he thanked the people who VOTED.

Romney said that his wife Ann was the best choice he ever made.
Obama said that Michelle was the woman who agreed to marry him.

What a difference.

WHAT! A! DIFFERENCE!

But the other Elephant in the room (that's a GOP zinger) is that the popular vote was very close.

Just from a logic standpoint, how could so many vote for a person who had proven, with his own words, that he not only doesn't care about those voter's interests and the things they needed in their lives like health care and finances and basics like that? It really made no sense.

There are people that still believe President Obama is an Atheist Muslim who is out to destroy the United States. We know this because we heard a lady say basically that in the Video Clip I Posted the day before the election. That lady could have been a great Kristen Wiig character... in fact, she sounded an awful lot like Wiig's "Target Cashier" which made her seem a little less frightening than she actually was. And, of course, Ohio went blue in the end, so there's that.

But the point is, as I said during the fundraising I did throughout my time with the Democratic campaign, the most educated people were throwing a whole lot of money towards the Obama team. I spoke with so many lawyers, I could have passed the bar by now! There were so many college professors, both retired and active, we could have had a teachable moment for everyone in the country! There were so many medical professionals, Obamacare would have been covered by THEM!

I promise you, I'm not making this up. I spoke with people in all 50 states and most of the US territories like the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. I heard their voices. I saw their addresses. And I helped drain their bank accounts. The smart money was with Obama. And people from every state supported him, from Harvard to Stanford.

But the issue remains. For some unknown reason, people seem to dislike President Obama in particular parts of the country. This, though he is fighting his hardest to help the people in those regions through this economic crisis and get this country back on track.

The people in Detroit got the message. Thanks to Obama's bold Auto Bailout, that region saved tons of jobs and got back working again.

And just looking at the facts, the REAL facts, not the spun facts, one thing is clear: we are improving from this moment, 4 years ago. We ARE better off now, collectively, than we were in 2008. No, it's not perfect. And yes some people have had to deal with hardships and problems, most recently Hurricane Sandy, that some would say had a direct influence on the end of the campaigns for the two candidates.

But overall, we are climbing out the abyss we've been in since George W. Bush. We are more safe now since Osama bin Laden went to his well-deserved end. And we have a leader that truly wants us, as a nation, to succeed... and he's got a plan to help us do it.

I have to presume that those Red State votes were really more "against Obama" rather than "for Romney." That's because nobody knew what they were voting "for Romney" for! I'm sure there must be a reason, one clear and particular reason why so many people voted against President Obama in the particular states where they voted... I just don't know what it could be...

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allisonjayne
Nov. 7th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
Some Americans on my facebook were saying things like "I don't like Romney's stance on abortion/gay marriage/everything, but there's just something about Obama I don't trust...".

I truly think a lot of it can be chalked up to racism.
pen_grunt
Nov. 7th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
I hate to say it--esp. since some do *way* overuse the "racist" label to explain anti-Obama views--but I think that this is somewhat accurate from what I've seen.
allisonjayne
Nov. 7th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah...when it's just that vague "there's something about him i just don't like", coming from a white person...it's unconscious, sure, but really...
serendipity
Nov. 7th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
Dean, I love you. You write my thoughts and my heart. And some that I didn't even think, like Romney said that his wife Ann was the best choice he ever made. Obama said that Michelle was the woman who agreed to marry him. What a difference. WHAT! A! DIFFERENCE! Yes!!!

I do think that the Romney demeanor that you mentioned - even in defeat - is basically just who he is, always putting forth what seems to me to be a poker face, exuding a calm, positive, confident kind of leader that people trust. The man can repeatedly lie outright and look good during it. During the debates it seemed downright smug but that's not the point. To me, for a politician like Romney it's style over substance - the public presence masks the lack of complexity of thought behind it.

Also, I think most people voted against Obama because they think they're worse off economically than they were 4 years ago (without even venturing to 5-8 years ago), and that it's obviously the President's fault. Although racism is sadly a factor, I think it's far from the primary factor. And when Democrats claim it is, the argument backfires in that Republicans blame the Dems for always blaming everything on racism.
savant
Nov. 7th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
I wish I had more friends like you in my life. Someone who I have repeatedly asked not to talk about politics with me went on a FOX "News" based rant on MY journal about how we've screwed ourselves over by electing Obama.

Personally, I feel safer with Obama as our president. He actually cares about people, not himself or a bunch of backwoods, bible-thumping bigots. I'm very happy that we have another four years with him.
stacymckenna
Nov. 7th, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
An interesting research look at why you wound up talking to so many "smart" people. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/201003/why-liberals-are-more-intelligent-conservatives

Your too lines about how the candidates speak about their wives was great.
dampscribbler
Nov. 9th, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
Romney's concession speech was more natural than we've seen him in a long time. In the debates it was obvious that he was more intent on hitting Republican "talking points" as often as possible than in representing *his* perspectives and policies. I didn't/don't want him as President, but I did think that he would have been an even more formidable opponent to Obama if the Romney who gave the concession speech had been the Romney who was campaigning.

My Mother in Law said she voted for Obama because she couldn't stand Romney's smirk. Sadly, she probably would have voted for that Romney who gave the concession speech.

I still clearly recall McCain's face when he conceded to Obama four years ago, and as you noticed with Romney, the primary emotion I saw in McCain was relief. He no longer had to dance the steps the party was calling, and he didn't have to wonder what the F to do with a Vice President Palin.
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