Many attribute the Affordable Care Act to Obama and the press he put on - but remember during the effort to get it through he backed away and rumor flew that if it went south, he was going to hang it around Pelosi's and Reid's necks.
The President has been largely withdrawn from the federal budget issue - ultimately deferring it to the "super committee" nonsense. He didn't seem to work with anyone from either side on getting (a) his budget passed (failed twice with zero votes) and (b) the debt/deficit issues addressed.
Many on the left feel that he capitulated the position in 2010 with regards to the 2001 and 2003 tax cut extensions. Defending his support, he stated that with the weak economy the time was not right to raise taxes on anyone. Well, now that's almost a "read my lips" albatross around his neck when it comes to his support of allowing them to expire for small businesses and higher income earners in 2012.
Secretary Clinton demonstrated leadership. Albeit a bit late to the party, she stood up and took the responsibility that comes with the job. Something that President Obama hasn't done. It's always Bush's fault, the GOP's fault, the EU crisis' fault, the altitude in Denver's fault. Never is it his fault for something that he decided or oversaw as is his responsiblity as President.
So, as many pundits are racing around today stating what they would ask during the town hall style debate tonight, I offer a pretty simple question to both candidates:
Please, Mr. Romney / Mr. President, define leadership as you see it with regards to the role of the President and your experience and cite two to three recent examples of where your leadership drove success.
Any rebuttal period by Mr. Romney should include the phrase "lead from behind" as supported by Joe Biden's recent statements about President Obama's style of leadership with a quip about how that is weak leadership when a strong leader is needed.
Any rebuttal period by the President should not include awkward smiling, eye rolling, and staring at the floor with no reasonable response.