Washington Post endorses Obama for re-election
American newspaper The Washington Post has endorsed President Barack Obama for re election, saying he is better positioned to be that navigator than his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
An editorial in the Post said that that its eyes "are open to the disappointments of Obama's first term," which it said included his failure to push for a bipartisan budget deal. The Post said he runs a White House that is "arrogant and thin-skinned."
But the paper said that Romney has embraced "his party's reality-defying ideology that taxes can always go down but may never go up."
While calling his business record "impressive," the paper calls his political resume "thin" and concludes that "there is no way to know what Romney really believes."
The editorial points to Obama's successes, such as the stimulus plans put in place when he stepped into office in 2009 in overwhelmingly poor economic times, and Obama's signature healthcare imitative, the Affordable Care Act.
The Post also praised Obama for ending the military's discrimination against gay men and lesbians and declaring his support for same-sex marriage.
The paper also pointed out that overseas too, there were successes and failures.
"Obama's administration vigorously pursued al-Qaeda and tracked down its leader, Osama bin Laden. He supported a popular uprising against Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi," the paper said.
"He recognized the importance of bolstering allies in Asia against Chinese bullying, and he opened trade talks with Asian nations intended to encourage an alternative to China's state-sponsored, often corrupt capitalism," it added.