Young Voters Speak Out: Each day, RR.com will spotlight politically minded youth writers from throughout the U.S. speaking their minds on Election 2012. First-time voters, student journalists and new graduates will debate the Obama vs. Romney race to the White House. Young Democrats, Republicans and ‘Undecided’ Americans are eager to play politics and choose the next Commander & Chief.
Read Brian William Waddell's thoughts from a right-leaning perspective:
It's nice to know that President Barack Obama agrees with me every once in a while. On his Tuesday night ,Late Show with David Letterman appearance Obama said that there, "have to be moments where you think about what's good for the country," and not just about the election. I agree. He should have been having a serious sit down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instead of taping a fluff piece for late night television. With the Middle East in such a huge state of flux, and extremists throughout the region attacking numerous targets, a meeting with the leader of our only true ally in the area would have been a good idea. But, I'm sure there's nothing pressing that an hour-long phone call can't fix.
What a Difference a Term Makes
Obama's campaign was a big topic, possibly because it's the thing he is most comfortable talking about. When asked about the difference between this campaign and four years ago, Obama quipped that the plane is nicer this time. He didn't bother to thank the taxpayers for paying for his jet fuel. He also made it clear that the first time around he was hitting talking points and saying things based on polls, whereas this time he is actually saying what he believes.
As far as the economy goes, Obama said that we should all pay our fair share. Who decides what is fair? Does the large portion of the country that pays absolutely zero federal income tax need to start paying something, President Obama? Or, are millionaires the only ones who need to pay more? How would that be fair? He can't answer these questions without looking like a man intent on redistributing wealth, so Mr. Letterman didn't ask them.
He Said What?
Let's all take a moment to thank President Obama for clearly endorsing the second amendment in this interview. When discussing his daughters becoming more grown up Obama said it "worries me, but they're surrounded by men with guns." That to me is a person who understands the value of a firearm for the protection of the family. Pre-presidential record aside, this is clearly not a man who would take away your guns since he values them to protect his own daughters. Right?
There's a reason many call him a celebrity president. His huge grin lights up the screen, and he certainly has stage presence. The problem is that there just aren't any real solutions or answers coming out between those pearly whites. It's just another time where the group of people who vote Democrat tend toward style over substance