Last night, at a $40,000 per ticket fundraiser for President Obama, former President Bill Clinton warned that electing Mitt Romney as the next U.S. President would be "calamitous for our country and the world". This statement comes less than a week after the former president praised Romney for a "sterling business career" in an interview with CNN.
While not necessarily backtracking on his comments, the former president made it abundantly clear who he supports in the upcoming election. Romney has tried to point to his substantial private sector experience as his top qualification for the office, while the Obama campaign appears to be trying to paint a picture of Romney as the greedy businessman who would do anything to turn a profit, regardless of how many jobs it costs. Clinton, likely trying not to sound like a hypocrite given his complementary remarks towards Romney's business career, took a different, though not original, route. The former president criticized Romney for not supporting 'Obamacare' and its individual mandate given that "Romney's finest act as governor was to sign a bill with an individual mandate". Clinton also criticized Romney for playing on people's fears and anxieties and for blaming Obama for the way things are, while failing to offer any real solution to the problem.
While most of the former president's criticisms have some footing, they do not rise to the level of a Romney presidency being disastrous for the United States and the rest of the world. At one of the three fundraisers he attended last night, Obama acknowledged that this election will be close "because people are still hurting". He's right: if the economy were in good shape, and most Americans were working and financially stable, Obama would be a heavy favorite. That, however, is not the case. This election is going to boil down to voters belief and hope in Obama and his long-term vision versus voters fears that Obama cannot turn the economy around and, alternatively, America needs a seasoned businessman with management and turnaround experience to fix the economy. If the fears outweigh the hope, the only person that will be calamitous for is President Obama.
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons