A Listless Obama is Still Better than Romney

Guest Columnist | 10/10/2012, 12:30 p.m.

President Obama really needs to toot his own horn. When Romney says, "You have been president for four years," our president needs to respond with his list of accomplishments, many of which blunted the effects of the Great Recession inherited from George Bush. The intervention in the auto industry that Romney opposed has made a real difference is states such as Ohio and Michigan

The question about who won the debates turns out to be a question of policy versus performance. Too many pundits talked about Mitt Romney's "performance" indicating that he performed well. The United States in not a stage looking for a leading actor, it's a nation, looking for a leader who can make a difference. We are not looking for a contender who thinks that bluster means leadership. We are looking for a leader to finish the work he started. Those who were mesmerized by the body snatcher's version of Mitt Romney fail to understand that a listless Obama is 10 times better than an arrogant and overbearing Romney.

It's not over 'til it's over. There are two more debates, and many of the undecided will be swayed by these debates. Others will make their minds up as they walk into the voting booth. In the next debate, President Obama must be a stronger advocate of the policies he has embraced, and we who watch must not be fooled by a glitzy performance that is devoid of both truth and substance.

Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.