With an Obama victory, the real work begins. We need to redirect our priorities back to taking care of Americans first. This means preserving and rebuilding the middle class by means of long-term economic stimulus and job creation and preservation.
It means establishing a health care system that ensures that we, our children, and our parents can receive the care that we all need to stay well and, when needed, get well.
It means quality education and affordable college education – necessities for U.S. economic development and global competition.
Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with delegates from other countries. These international representatives were here to observe how we conduct elections. While talking to them, they expressed their dismay that the United States is seen internationally as disrespectful and arrogant. They were hoping that the next president demonstrates leadership that projects dignity, foresight, and respect for the relative positions other countries have in their regions and the world.
With an Obama victory, we will regain our position as a true leader in a changing world. We will once again benefit from someone who understands what the power of restraint means. He will bring together people of different points of view, listen to their arguments and make his decision.
Arguments about an action will not be made to fit the decision, but the decision will reflect thoughtful deliberation. When dealing with our neighbors in the world, he will restore America’s place as a true leader – respected and honored as a just and fair participant on the world stage.