Mitt Romney was good at and succeeded at everything he chose to do.
El Jefecito was a community organizer:
By Obama's own admission, there were few big victories. But whether it was getting the city to fill potholes, provide summer jobs, or remove asbestos from the apartments or persuading the apartment managers to repair toilets, pipes, and ceilings, Obama encouraged residents to come up with their own priorities with the gentle admonition: "It's your community."
Obama lived a few miles away in a modest Hyde Park apartment, but he quickly became part of "the Gardens" community. He played pickup basketball. He walked from house to house to discuss what needed fixing. Wearing his trademark outfit of neatly pressed slacks and button-down shirts with no tie, he spent many hours meeting in kitchens, parlors, and churches.
I would appreciate some input from people who may be familiar with this housing project where Mr. President apparently performed the most significant work of his life before becoming admonisher-in-chief to the entire country. However, a look at its Wikipedia entry is not very encouraging:
It is one of the densest concentrations of potentially hazardous pollution sources in North America. Many of the landfills that surround them are unregulated, and some of those are still being used. Since most of these landfills as well as many industrial plants are located along the waterways surrounding the area, of the 18 miles (29 km) of rivers and lakes surrounding Altgeld Gardens, 11 miles (18 km) of them are unfit for human consumption and recreation, though many residents still fish in them.
Nor are the following headlines from the Chicago Tribune:
- DCFS took 4 months to find 23-pound teen girl
- 7-year-old girl among 8 shot Thursday night, Friday morning
- At least 5 wounded in separate shootings
- Man shot in back near Altgeld Gardens
- more …
It doesn't look like the neighborhood benefited much from Mr. Obama's admonitions. Chicago has been run by Democrats for a long time. Currently, the mayor is Mr. President's former enforcer, Rahm Emanuel. Democrats control pretty much everything. And, it still sucks to live in or around Altgeld Gardens.
Does that sound familiar?
In November, we face a choice between two men: One who succeeded at everything he tried, and the other, who failed to make anything better.