“Romney, who started his life on the 50-yard line of a 100-yard dash, doesn't seem to understand America.
“In the 1960s, I attended community college, and completed my education at a state university, while receiving monthly support through the GI Bill. Now retired, I receive monthly payments from Social Security, and my healthcare is provided though Medicare. I am forever committed to the stubborn belief that a community working together, in many circumstances, is preferable to individuals pursuing their own self-interest. It is my sincere hope that all Americans will have access to the same opportunities that I have had. And that none will ever be deterred due to disparagement by politicians as dependent on government.”
Others, including Linda Kranen of Carlsbad and Bud Weisbart of Fontana, want you to consider a wider definition of the word “gifts”:
From Kranen: “Life (healthcare, ending the wars), liberty (gay rights, women's rights) and the pursuit of happiness (access to higher education) are not 'gifts.' ”
“Romney is absolutely correct in his analysis that the president won because of the gifts he gave and continues to give, but he identifies them incorrectly: These gifts to all of us are genuine empathy and concern, deep commitments to our country and our citizens, and the intelligence to bring that all to fruition.”
Finally, Jim Bean of Los Angeles echoes the response of many:
“Our biggest gift from Obama, in my opinion, is sparing us a Romney presidency.”