Obama's mandate to govern from the middle

November 28, 2012

Even though I did not vote for him, my prayers and congratulations are with President Barack Obama as he enters his second term in office. With God's help, it is within his grasp to become one of this country's great presidents, but he needs to lead the whole country, not just half of it.

The country is at a crossroads, and this election was more an expression of the political polarization that exists in America today than it was a mandate for an even harder turn to the left.

Nevertheless, I understand why the president may act on the impulse the to do just that. My suggestion is that he resist the demands of both the extreme right and the extreme left, and instead listen to the more moderate voices in Congress who will work with him to find areas of compromise that will help him lead in the best interests of the country as a whole.

Bob La Pierre, Pasadena

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