President Barack Obama, seemingly from nowhere, surfed into the executive office four years ago on a wave named hope and change.

Liz Soares (column, Sept. 9) told us she voted for the president then but is so disappointed in his performance that she will not vote for him again. She states, “I’ve never voted for a Republican for president, and I probably never will. The reason is simple. I agree with Republicans that a healthy economic climate is essential for a healthy nation. But the nation, not business interests, comes first.” What?

Soares continues: “My malaise is so bad, I am even considering not voting.”

Malaise may be reason enough to vote for a changed administration, but never would it be reason not to vote. “No matter how open-minded and generous I try to be,” she says, “the result is the same. I don’t want to vote for him (Obama) again.”

Unlike Soares, I am not tied to a party. I try to look at the issues and the candidates to determine who would do a better job. I’ve voted for John Kennedy and Bill Clinton, but am proud to say I did not vote for Obama.

Open-mindedness had nothing to do with my decision and everything to do with his only qualifications: Those of community organizer and first-term senator.

I hope Soares votes, and I have good news for her. She doesn’t have to vote for Obama again. She has a choice because this is the United States of America. The hope has faded and his change is not working. It is freeing to remember that our loyalty is not to any political party, but to our country.

Alice L. Flagg


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