The view from the Editorial Board
Congratulations to a second term, Mr. President. While opinions may differ, now is a time for us to stand strong as a nation and finally get on the track to “restoring America’s standing around the world” and creating “an economy built to last.”
President Obama, the economy is your problem to fix. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that under your first administration, unemployment was above 8 percent for 43 months, longer than any president since 1948. Now is the perfect time to work across partisan lines to fix our economy. We hope you can make the necessary changes.
In your first term, the withdrawal of troops from Iraq closed a chapter in American foreign policy some would soon wish to forget. You also helped in the takedown of Osama bin Laden, weakening al-Qaida’s power structure. For these things, your administration deserves due praise. It is our sincere hope that you can deal with other international issues, such as our relations in Syria, the burgeoning Middle East revolutions and the ongoing war in Afghanistan, with similar skill.
Recognize your opportunity to raise the rhetoric of political discourse. The last four years are under your belt, not George W. Bush’s. Take responsibility; do not continue to blame the previous administration for problems you create and must solve.
As students, one thing on our minds is whether or not we will have jobs when we leave college. “The Atlantic” reports that 53 percent of recent college graduates are either jobless or underemployed. Mr. Obama, we are your newest, best employees. Hire us, or finally find a way to incentivize businesses to do so.
We wish you the best. Keep to your ideals.
Good luck, and Godspeed, Mr. President.
The Samford Crimson Editorial Board