President Obama addresses a crowd of supporters on election night in Chicago. (Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty…)
Editorial boards across the nation weighed in with their endorsements for president in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 election. The Opinion L.A. blog rounded up a few of these political endorsements to show the range in support for President Obama versus the enthusiasm for Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Now that the election is finally -- mercifully! -- over and Obama has won reelection, here’s a look at what many of those editorial boards were saying Wednesday.
Detroit Free Press, which endorsed Obama, writes:
The next four years will belong not to the party that prevailed in Tuesday's presidential election, but to those grown-ups in each party who find ways to engage their opponents in addressing the still-looming problems of 2008: How to grow the employment without ballooning the national debt; how to simplify taxes without exacerbating tax inequities; how to control entitlement costs; and how to end the costly impasse over immigration.
Those who begin the next four years imagining that they have a duty or mandate to frustrate their opponents at any cost are doomed to sink even further into public disrepute than their obstructionist predecessors.
Los Angeles Times, which endorsed Obama, writes:
[Obama] earned reelection by keeping the country from falling into a depression and persuading Congress to enact vital reforms to healthcare and the financial industry. And the path forward he laid out was far more reasonable than Romney's too-good-to-be-true promise to shrink the deficit while cutting tax rates and pumping more dollars into the Pentagon. […]
The longer-term problem for the president will be coping with the dueling pressures of an economy that's growing too slowly and a federal debt that's growing too fast, largely because of the rising cost of Medicare and Medicaid. […]The current paralysis in Washington demands the kind of leadership that brings lawmakers out of their foxholes. Obama needs to find a way to convince highly polarized lawmakers that both sides can and should shape major pieces of legislation. […]
Pulling the factions together is a daunting task, but Obama has no alternative. The relentlessly negative campaign, conducted at shocking expense, won't make that job easier. But even a narrow win gives Obama some political capital; he should spend it now building bridges to the other side.
New York Times, which endorsed Obama, writes:
President Obama’s dramatic re-election victory was not a sign that a fractured nation had finally come together on Election Day. But it was a strong endorsement of economic policies that stress job growth, health care reform, tax increases and balanced deficit reduction -- and of moderate policies on immigration, abortion and same-sex marriage. It was a repudiation of Reagan-era bromides about tax-cutting and trickle-down economics, and of the politics of fear, intolerance and disinformation.
Chicago Tribune, which endorsed Obama, writes:
Mr. President, enjoy your Wednesday. Then, back to work. We endorsed you this year, as we did in 2008. And now we implore you to recognize the mistakes of your first term, mistakes that nearly cost you a second term.
Listen, at last, to this nation's employers. They do have a notion of what it will take to put the nation back to work. They have genuine fears about the burden that government places on them, fears about the cost of your signature health care reform, fears about federal borrowing that now rises by $3 million every minute. […]
Republicans, Obama is your president for four more years. It is time to work with him on an agenda to revive this nation's economy and tame its debt. Work ... with ... him.
Des Moines Register, which endorsed Romney, writes:
The president’s agenda should include building and restoring the infrastructure that is the foundation of a strong economy; loosening the grip of our dependence on foreign oil by exploiting domestic energy sources that include clean and renewable fuels; reducing greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming; assuring everyone has access to health care; guaranteeing every child has an opportunity to receive an excellent education.
None of that can be fully realized, however, without robust economic growth that provides meaningful jobs. That means giving businesses large and small the confidence and the opportunity to grow and create those jobs. It also means restoring the vitality of the middle class so millions of Americans are able to share the wealth and enjoy a secure future. […]
The first task for President Obama is to use what Teddy Roosevelt referred to as the president’s “bully pulpit” to rally the nation behind him in persuading Congress to put aside petty partisan grudges and to go to work toward solving the issues that are critical for the future of this nation.