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For three days, the Romney camp tried to make the case to the American people that our president's policies have failed and that Obama's leadership during trying these times has been a dismal disappointment.
Over and over we heard that despite Obama's best intentions, 23 million Americans are still out of work. He tried his best and millions of Americans still dropped out of the middle class and nearly 50 million Americans are now dependent on food stamps -- more people than any time in our history.
Obama tried his best and that is what we got.
Should the Obama camp be worried? Absolutely. Here are three reasons why:
1) Leadership and Disappointment
The first reason is that Mitt Romney will remind us over and over that countless times in history, real leaders have truly changed the world. He will remind us that countless times in history solid leadership has united a people during trying times. He will remind us that countless times in history, real leadership delivered real results. He will also remind us that leaders should and need to be held accountable for their actions.
He will remind us that Obama rose to power at such a time. Our country was in crisis, the spirit of our people was breaking and the stability of our future was crumbling. Obama promised to be the helping hand. He promised to be the catalyst for improvement. He promised to be the voice of hope.
Well, it has been four years. Our country is still in crisis. Our economy is still on the brink of devastation. Our deficits are still growing and too many Americans are still out of work.
Mitt Romney will point out that our president might be asking for a second term, but what he really wants is a second chance. There is a difference.
Mitt Romney will remind us of our disappointment and will remind us that we can do better. One of the most powerful things he said last night, "You know there is something wrong with the kind of job he has done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him."
2) Mitt is Compassionate
The second reason why the Obama camp should be worried is that for weeks, the press and the left set expectations that the success of the GOP Convention hinged on whether or nor Mitt could be "humanized."
Well, if that was the determining factor, I would say that not only did the Romney camp succeed, they blew it out of the park.
A carefully guarded side of Mitt Romney was revealed and like it or not, this will have an impact on this race.
Touching stories were told. People from Romney's life shared heartfelt stories and it became remarkably clear that Mitt Romney is a kind and good person whose life has been filled with countless acts of service. He has touched people's lives. He has always reached out to the weak and above all, Mitt Romney has quietly been an influence for good.
Pam Finlayson, a member of Mitt's congregation shared a heartfelt story of how Mitt's influence sustained her in a challenging time in her life. It literally moved people to tears. If you didn't see this, it is worth a few minutes of your time.
Another remarkable story came from a man named Grant Bennett who served with Mitt Romney in various church responsibilities. He talked about the hours Mitt dedicated to helping those around him. His awareness of others and his instinct to help them. If you didn't see this, it is also worth a few minutes of your time.
Over the past few days, we have learned a lot about Mitt Romney. His friends touched our hearts. His wife gave us a new perspective. And much to the dismay of the left, this convention introduced us to the real Mitt Romney.
It is going to be a little harder for the Obama camp to continue to portray Mitt Romney as a vulture who preys on the weak, is only concerned about wealth, or someone who callously kills people.
3) Lines That Won't Be Forgotten
The last reason why the Obama camp should be worried is that there were several lines delivered which won't be soon forgotten. Lines that will resonate. Lines that have suddenly put cracks in the once untouchable Obama pillars.
"Too many Americans are out of work and our debt is out of control. This election needs to be about those issues. Obama promised to bring us together, to cut employment, to pass immigration reform in his first year and he even promised to cut the deficit in half in his first term. He hasn't come close."
-Susana Martinez, Governor New Mexico
"We are four years into this presidency. The issue is not the economy that Barack Obama inherited, not the economy he envisions, but this economy we are living. College graduates should not have to live out their 20's in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with their life."
-Paul Ryan, VP Candidate
"Now let me be clear, so no one misunderstands. Our problem with President Obama isn't that he's a bad person. By all accounts, he too is a good husband, a good father and thanks to lots of practice, a good golfer. Our problem is not that he's a bad person. Our problem is that he's a bad president." -Marco Rubio, Florida Senator
"Obama promised to begin to 'slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet.' My promise? My promise is to help you and your family."
The confetti may have fallen, but this game is just getting started. Should the Obama camp be worried? Absolutely.
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