Jackie Gingrich Cushman
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The question this fall is clear: Do we want a president who cares for others but is not competent or a president who might care, if he could just show it, but has proved his competence?

President Barack Obama has had his chance. He recently gave himself the grade of incomplete. His goal: to get an extension.

All Americans should ask themselves: Does he deserve another term?

Let's review the facts:

Obama, 42 months into his term, has overseen a net loss of 300,000 jobs.

He has yet to pass a balanced budget; our debt has increased 51 percent -- from $10.6 trillion to more than $16 trillion. U.S. gross domestic product annual growth is 1.7 percent. Unemployment exceeds 8 percent. More than 17 percent of those who want to work full time are either not working at all or are working part time.

How does this compare?

When President Ronald Reagan was 42 months into his first term, 3.8 million new net jobs had been created.

Four years after the Republicans took over the House of Representatives in 1994, running on the Contract With America, GDP growth was 4 percent; unemployment was 4.2 percent; 11 million new jobs had been created; and the budget was balanced.

Americans have done it before; we can do it again.

Last week, Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, spoke at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. This week, first lady Michelle Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Both ladies shared a similar theme: what their husband is really like as a person. Both had the same goal: to persuade voters that their husband is the right choice to be the next president of the United States.

"We learned about dignity and decency," said Michelle Obama, "that how hard you work matters more than how much you make ... that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself."

"So when it comes to rebuilding our economy," she continued, "Barack is thinking about folks like my dad and like his grandmother."

She continued, "Those stories -- our collection of struggles and hopes and dreams -- I see how that's what drives Barack Obama every single day."

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Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.