By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Delegates spending Labor Day mixing and mingling in uptown Charlotte’s Carolinafest say President Barack Obama deserves another term to finish his efforts reviving a slumping economy. Americans, they say, should be patient during the process.
The gathered Democrats also point the finger at Capitol Hill Republicans for blocking the president at every turn in a quest to make him a one-term president.
Delegates are in the Queen City this week as the Democratic Party prepares to nominate Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for the general election in November.
Halisi Vinson, a 48-year-old Colorado delegate, told Watchdog.org Monday that Obama deserves a “B+” for his work since taking office, a mark she said would be higher if the president hadn’t tried to collaborate with Republicans.
“I think he should have realized more quickly that they (Republicans) were going to say no, even if he said the sky was blue,” Visini said. “You cannot build consensus with people who refuse to govern, but just play politics.”
Visini said Obama had good ideas and plans coming into office, but Republicans stonewalled every presidential initiative for political gamesmanship.
The only thing Republicans want, she said, “is to make this a one-term president.”
Last week, Republicans at their national convention in Tampa, Fla., cast the 2012 election as a referendum on the economy, constantly pointing out 23 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed. Unemployment stubbornly sits at 8.3 percent. The figure stood at 7.6 percent in January 2009.
With that backdrop, Visini and the other delegates blame Republicans and believe Obama should have another turn to revive the economy.
“They (Republicans) took our economy, they starved it,” Visini said. “I’m a business major and everyone knows if you want to build an economy, you have to invest in it. You just can’t cut, cut, cut.”
She said Obama, like President George W. Bush, should have a shot at a second stimulus package.
Ed Jasewicz, a delegate from upstate New York, urges Americans to exercise patience on economic matters.
“He was elected under hard times,” Jasewciz said of the president. “There was a lot he had to address.”
Like Visini, Jasewicz said he “absolutely” believes Republicans block Obama’s plans through political maneuvering. He also said he has faith in the president’s ability to repair the sluggish economy should he defeat Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in November.
“You can’t do all that overnight,” Jazewciz said. “You can’t do it in four years. It took Bill Clinton eight years to get us a positive balance. You give him (Obama) four more years and he’ll be doing a great job.”
Richard Threat of Alabama’s delegation said the president’s made progress on veterans issues and scored major points concluding the Iraq War.
“That was something that should have never took place,” Threat said.
Threat, an unemployed former factory worker, said Obama inherited a turbulent and unstable economy and has taken appropriate measures to right the ship.
“I think more so, the jobs and the way the economy was when he took office, it was already going downhill,” Threat told Watchdog.org “So for him to turn it around … it doesn’t seem like four years would be enough for him.”
Instead of heaping blame on Obama for his joblessness, Threatt blames the companies who he said shipped jobs oversees while closing American manufacturing plants.
“I was actually laid off when they started shutting down plants in Alabama,” he explained. “If the plants aren’t there, where are you going to get work?”
Obama and Biden will accept their nominations from Democrats on Thursday night in Bank of America Stadium here in Charlotte. First lady Michelle Obama will address delegates Tuesday night, as will San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.