The Mail

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'Can't Live with Him, Can't Live Without Him'

Contrary to what Peter J. Boyer writes (Sept. 10), President Obama has governed as a centrist. At the beginning of his term, the president placed more emphasis on cutting the deficit than creating jobs. His stimulus package was too small. His health-care reform with its mandate requirement was comprised of mostly Republican ideas. A true liberal would have proposed a single-payer system or at least a public option. President Obama was even willing to cut entitlements as part of a grand bargain with John Boehner, the speaker of the House. If the president is reelected, I hope he will govern more like a true liberal and abandon his centrist agenda.

Reba Shimansky, New York, N.Y.

Barack and Bill do need each other, but make no mistake about President Clinton's calculus. Obama needs Clinton to win in 2012, and Clinton needs Obama in order to give Hillary a clear shot at the White House without having to deal with an incumbent.

James Peeples, Washington, D.C.

The two most important things on everyone's mind this election are jobs and the economy; Obama does not have a leg to run on with either. He is using Bill to speak about the 1990s and how great the economy was. And the economy was in fact great, but not because of Clinton. It was great because of the dawn of the Internet.

Daren Williams, Owings Mills, Md.

'Danger!'

Thank you for continuing to shed light on America's infrastructure problems. It would have been nice, however, if you had mentioned the Obama administration's efforts to tackle these concerns. I would imagine fewer than 1 percent of Americans realize that one of the first acts of the current administration was to rebuild old and decrepit water and sewer lines. I think your readers would have found this information enlightening. …