On Monday, the last full day of campaigning before today's general election, one of the most effective voices in favor of Mitt Romney for president was President Barack Obama. In attempting to motivate his base, he managed instead to remind voters of the enormous failure his term in office has been.
"Four years ago, we had incredible turnout and I know people were excited and energized about the prospect of making history," President Barack Obama said during a last-day election campaign stop Monday in Ohio. "We have to preserve the gains we've made and keep moving forward."
Indeed, Obama has made history. No other president has presided over the kind of decline Obama has engineered for Americans. When he took office, the national debt was about $10.6 trillion, or about $34,000 for every man, woman and child in the country.
Now the debt exceeds $16 trillion - about $50,000 for every man, woman and child in our nation.
Yes, that certainly is making history.
What about "the gains we've made"? In Ohio, 34,800 fewer people have jobs than when Obama took office, according to the most recent state report. And according to state figures, about 12,800 Ohioans lost their jobs during the past month alone.
Clearly, if Buckeye State residents want to really move foward, their only option is to vote for Romney today.
Romney has detailed a plan to get more Americans back to work - and to allow them to keep more of their hard-earned money instead of sending it to Washington, there to disappear down the seemingly bottomless hole that is the federal government.
After Monday, thoughtful voters may want to send Obama a message: Thank you, Mr. President, for reminding us of all the broken promises. And thank you for giving us more reasons to vote for Mitt Romney for president.