Opinion / Editorial
Obama and Romney go at it
October 24, 2012Douglass High School
President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney face off at presidential debate
By Amber Hughes, copywriter
On October 3, 2012, a little more than a month from the presidential election, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney participated in the first presidential election of the year. Throughout this 90-minute debate, both went back and forth presenting facts with the mission to sway America to vote them into presidency.
During the debate, President Obama stated, “At some point, I think the American people have to ask themselves, is the reason that Governor Romney is keeping all these plans to replace secret because they're too good?" "Is it because somehow middle-class families are going to benefit too much from them? No.”
With this being the most popular televised event of the night, it was also a record-breaking night for Twitter. With a whopping 10.3 million tweets, the presidential debate was stamped as the most popular topic of social networking in the history of politics.
Viewers said that Governor Romney was aggressive and belittled President Obama’s recent deeds for the country. Obama lashed back with evidence that he in fact has been bettering the economy and making it easier for the middle class families to prosper and have a better living situation. Many news sources cited Romney as the winner and accused President Obama of not being aggressive enough.
Senior Amber Hughes said, “Is this necessarily true? Did Barack Obama not react with hard facts that were in favor of a large percentage of America? In my opinion, I feel that the only reason he was considered the winner was because he was being overly aggressive and rude. He continuously cut off the commentator, as well as President Obama. The question that came to my mind was ‘If he can’t listen and respect the commentator and President, what makes you think he would even consider listening to America?’ President Obama presented himself in a strict and disciplined manner. That does not mean that he failed to meet the expectations of America. Romney may have been aggressive and stood out, but his facts were inaccurate compared to those of Obama. I am a first-time voter this year, and I am in favor of Barack Obama.”
Either way, both sides have numerous supporters and fans. Through these debates, it will be their job to persuade the country that they will fix problems in the fields discussed such as healthcare and the economy. On October 16, 2012, President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will go back at it at Hofstra University in Hempstead New York. Stay tuned and continue to follow the presidential debates. Also, visit www.northstarnews.us.