After reading The News Tribune editorial board’s 2012 presidential endorsement of Barack Obama (editorial, 10-24), I thought it would be interesting to review their previous endorsement of Obama in 2008. Though not surprised by either endorsement, I was curious how well Obama’s accomplishments of the past four years fit with the board’s hope for his presidency at that time.
The 2008 endorsement indicated that the presidential election was in part a referendum on George W. Bush’s presidency which “ran up an unbelievable deficit” as well as a referendum on who would be best to “improve the lives of average Americans, to increase energy independence, to make health care more affordable and more accessible.”
The editorial board believed that Obama was that person as he had “steadfastly focused on the issues that concern most Americans – the economy, jobs, education and health care. His campaign has largely avoided personal attacks on McCain.” Based on these expectations it must have taken some significant “sobering of expectations” to have again endorsed Obama in 2012.