Washington Post endorses Obama again
October 25th, 2012
03:02 PM ET
9 years ago

Washington Post endorses Obama again

(CNN) – The Washington Post announced in an editorial Thursday their endorsement of President Barack Obama.

The Post, which also endorsed then-Illinois Sen. Obama in 2008, said that while much of the campaign for the White House has "dwelt on the past," Obama is in a better position to lead in the challenges that lie ahead.

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The Washington-based newspaper, whose editorial page leans left, said their endorsement comes recognizing disappointments in Obama's first term but said the president "is committed to the only approach that can succeed: a balance of entitlement reform and revenue increases."

The editorial contrasts this with what it said is Republican nominee Mitt Romney's future - "one in which an ever-greater share of the nation's wealth resides with the nation's wealthy, at a time when inequality already is growing."

The Post notes dissatisfaction that Obama failed to reach a fiscal deal with Congress in 2011, the president's isolation "inside a tight White House circle" as well as his attitude toward business as an "obstacle rather than a partner."

However, Obama's accomplishments are rendered more impressive considering tough economic times and “uncompromising opposition,” the paper wrote.

The editorial points to Obama's successes - the stimulus plans put in place when he stepped into office in 2009 in overwhelmingly poor economic times; the Chrysler and General Motors auto bailout; and Obama's signature healthcare imitative, the Affordable Care Act.

The Post said abroad, Obama has had both successes - the killing of Osama bin Laden and support of the popular uprising in Libya - and failures - the lack of involvement in the Syria and "ambivalence regarding Afghanistan."

Romney, on the other hand, "hardly differs" from Obama on foreign policy and has not made the case for himself as president. The Post wrote, there's no way to tell how Romney would govern as president, ticking off a series of contradictory stances the Republican candidate has taken while vying for the White House and his time as the governor of Massachusetts.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. truth hurts

    The Post, which also endorsed then-Illinois Sen. Obama in 2008, said that while much of the campaign for the White House has "dwelt on the past," Obama is in a better position to lead in the challenges that lie ahead.
    Yeah, heaven forbid we dwell on Obama's four year record of failure.... I guess this paper is more interested in selling newspapers to the 85% black population of DC than in being objective. Romney was never even an option for them to choose even if the country was in a full depression under Obama.

    October 25, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. 4moreyears

    @truth hurts

    There you go making a racist comment. What does the black population has to do with this. Most of your comments on here are hateful and racist. Look you don't have to like the President or his policy that is your right but when you make racist comments that is not right. I don't think you like black people do you? You need to be honest with yourself. Black and Latinos prefer you be up front and real with your prejudice ways instead of hiding and being undercover with it. And yes Romney was an option oh how you forget that Romney lost to Mccain in the primary's in 2008. The man has been running for the presidency for the past 8 years.

    October 25, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. survalerie johnson

    no its true.sorry, but i don't trust mr. romney.mr. romney and his 1% are for cheap labor. are you willing to take a pay cut?are you willing to take one or two or morejobs to support your famly?well part of mr. romney plan.to bring cheap labor backin our country (united states)for more money in their pocket.mr. romney jobs he can't talk about.CHEAP LABOR.

    October 25, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    You mean Obama is going to start leading? He didn't do any leading the last 4 years. What makes you think he is going to start leading now? 4 Years of no Budget's so far. Lyndon Johnson would have had his boots on, and those Shovel Ready Projects would have been in operation. I've got my boots on because the bull*hit is gettnig deep.

    October 25, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Any one that has BRAIN will endorse THIS president. Period.

    October 25, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Jim

    They have been jumping with Pom-poms since he was elected. No surprise there.

    October 25, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. joe

    The post is right romney has no plan and has flip flopped so much no one knows where he stands this week. Almost the exact same thing Colin Powell jus said about him. Smart people can see through the romney BS. Forward

    October 25, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Frank - FL

    CNN, Washington Post, MSNBC ... we get it! You all endorse Obama.

    October 25, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Critical Thinking

    The Washington Post has zero balls. That is why they endorsed this President.

    October 25, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Data Driven

    This is excellent news!! For Romney!!!

    October 25, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Are you kidding me?

    Talk about uncompromising opposition. How many filibusters did the GOP use these past 4 years – a record. American people should hold them accountable.

    October 25, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Pro-active

    They are backing the right horse and good on them.

    October 25, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. john

    To all of the Obama haters:

    Your lifetime risk to develop invasive cancer as a man: 44%(almost 1 out of 2 odds) Statistics from Cancer org.
    Your lifetime risk to develop invasive cancer as a woman: 38% (over 1 out of 3 odds) Statistics from Cancer org.

    You are going to be glad that Obamacare exists if you fall into this statistical range. Cancer does not care what political affiliation you have. Just think about that for a while, and then think about the fact that Romney wants to remove protections for pre-existing conditions and bring back lifetime caps on insurance benefits...

    Do you really want to have to flip that coin?

    Obama/Biden 2012 – With a healthy, educated, and secure workforce, America will prosper.

    October 25, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Carol Sherman

    A big reason this country is unemployed is because under the Republican dominance, people have to have more than one job, because companies have gotten around mandates of pay and benefits required of full time work versus pay and no benefits for part time work. What Romney revealed without coming out and making it crystal clear is more of the same low pay, no benefit jobs. When large corporations are required to hire a large percentage of full time workers or be penalized will there be plenty of jobs for those who have to compete in the two job market. Obama is the correct choice and I commend the paper for weighing objectively the two candidates. Also, there should be mandates on publicly held companies as to what percentage of net profits their CEOs and board members can be paid. These outrageous incomes have robbed the working man of a decent wage and have taken many corporations to their doom, now no one has a job. Had Romney got his way with the auto industry we would have seen that happen to the now thriving auto industry. This is the kind of business man we want to run the countries economics, I think not! That is one opion of a member of the working class and also an entrepuner (sp?).

    October 25, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Cherry Stevens

    Romney has been running for President for 6 YEARS! That's some ambition for power Romney has... I read somewhere Obama has lack of support from white voters compared to Mitt... Well Obama also has a lack of support from dumb voters... Go figure...


    October 25, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. Hammerer

    But not a whisper about the Bengbhazi slaughter.

    October 25, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. scottie

    why label the endorsement romney received in detroit as the "conservative leaning" newspaper and not label the washington post as the "liberal leaning" (to put it mildly) newspaper? why? because cnn is also "liberal leaning" (to put it mildly).

    October 25, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Carol Sherman

    Can you tell me if comments are not pre-screened why my comment is awaiting "moderation"?

    October 25, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. michael dahm

    I live in imperial valley ca. farm land no one seems to know. i have been working 60 hours a week in a small business to keep a roof over my family. last year i made a little over 30k . life isn't easy but it is life. I have been paying attention to what has been going on in this country and i do not agree with the direction Mr Obama has us in. Further in debt, more unemployed, gas prices are ridiculous that was a big deal four years ago and people were blaming Bush. When our ambassador was murdered Mr Obama's comments, actions, and inactions were disgusting. The fact that Mr Obama was elected without us really knowing anything about him is pretty scary. When i watch the debates and the campaign ads i am seeing some of Mr Obama's same promises "more teachers" "fair share" and more flat out lies that the media is not questioning him on. No one knows inside and out the "obamacare" but it was passed on christmas eve night, why?every issue Obama is on the short side of, some one else is getting blamed, Bush , Congress, Intel, Hillary........If our president cannot take responsibility for ANYTHING then it is obvious he is not qualified to lead. I hope people wake up. Sick and tired of the race card crap,

    October 25, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Carol Sherman

    I have reviewed your terms of service and do not see where I have done or said anything that is outside that range.

    October 25, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Matel Onely

    so much for an impartial media. An people wonder why WaPo, MSNBC, CNN, ect. are losing credibility. They have no objective reporters.

    NO newspaper/media (including FOX) should endorse any candidate.

    October 25, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. M Wakefield

    40 years ago the Washington Post took a stand when they broke Watergate... now they turn their backs on Benghazi-gate! After everything going on - and all the lies the WH has been telling - and now we find out they never even tried to send in help when they had 7 HOURS to do something - how can ANYONE keep supporting Obama? The press seems to just shrug its shoulders and try to help the administration sweep it under the rug - at least until after the election. I say you no longer have the right to call yourselves reporters. You are only propagandists!

    October 25, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "I guess this paper is more interested in selling newspapers to the 85% black population of DC than in being objective."

    And I suppose we're all left with really no other conclusions than that the GOP's grand strategy over the past 70 years has been to purposefully alienate the minority population with precisely that kind of offensive, bigotted BS. Doubling down on it for the past 4 years is going to be written as one of the GOP's biggest mistakes....perhaps even etched onto the GOP's tombstone or lamented during its eulogy.

    October 25, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. iampraying

    Truth hurts-every time I see a post from you it makes concerned about your mental health–You appear to be hurt or at least wounded by something
    Remember–romney/ryan win is like America returning to her vomit (ref..the Bible)

    October 25, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "are you willing to take a pay cut?"

    This is precisely why GOP economic policies are designed to cause cyclical recessions.

    October 25, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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