Leonard Pitts’ Sept. 9 column blames the Republicans for the gridlock.
But President Bill Clinton, after the 1994 elections, faced the identical problem that President Obama faced after the 2010 elections. The difference is that Mr. Clinton recognized that the people had spoken and that he had to move to, or a bit past, the center to reach agreement with the Republicans and move the country forward. Clinton did so and it worked. He was easily reelected.
President Obama, for whatever reason, didn’t do so despite the clear message from the voters.
Mr. Obama’s failure to do so wasn’t the fault of the Republicans, President George Bush or the voters. It was President Obama’s fault. It was a massive failure of common sense and leadership.
Robert E. Panoff, Pinecrest