- Posted: 6:05 AM, December 14, 2011
These are unsexy characteristics. Whereas President Obama was supposed to be cool, Romney is sober. But President OBama turned out to be not cool, but an incompetent adolescent. To this day, he is incapable of taking any responsibility for his leadership, his policies or his choices. In his latest interview on "60 Minutes" Obama was still blaming everyone, including God himself, for the complications of running the country. As he told Steve Kroft, "I'm being judged against the ideal. And, you know, [Vice President] Joe Biden has a good expression. He says, "Don't judge me against the Almighty, judge me against the alternative."
Romney's list of unsexy traits though have one important commonality, he is defining himself as an adult. This is useful because the next president is going to have to face the country's various economic, systemic and philosophic troubles. It is work that only an adult will be able to accomplish.
Newt Gingrich is proving himself, already, to be a person who will make extreme statements to get attention. But Americans don't need extreme for a president and we don't need a teenager either. As unsexy as it sounds, perhaps what we need most is an adult in the room.