Here’s an excerpt from the Asheville Citizen-Times endorsement of incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama in his quest to fend off the challenge from Republican Mitt Romney and win a second term:
As with all presidents, we have issues with Barack Obama’s record. Little accountability has been doled out for a financial crisis that hammered the American middle class and very nearly sent the entire planet careening into depression. Critics on both sides of the political spectrum have remained eerily quiet while the national security panic created in the wake of 9/11 continues to spawn a surveillance state that often seems contrary to the U.S. Constitution.
But President Obama entered office with two wars raging and the economy in freefall. The U.S. auto industry was collapsing, and Osama bin Laden remained at large. The solutions to the first two issues were far from perfect, but show progress. The solutions to the latter two we’d say are a success.
Slow progress is better than no progress. We feel the pillars are in place for more, and hopefully quickened, progress in the days ahead.
We feel the best way to continue that progress to re-elect President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Nov. 6.