Live from One Young World: Debate regarding President Obama’s re-relection bid

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On Friday afternoon the delegates to the One

Young World 2012 Summit broke into different sessions based on their interests.
One session was titled “Why does Obama deserve to be re-elected?” 31
delegates showed up to listen to a debate, but the session soon became a lively
exchange of ideas. Before the debate began, a show of hands indicated that 22
supported President Obama, five opposed him, and four were undecided.

To start off the debate, we had pleasure of
listening to David Given’s magnificent story. He told us about his first child,
Joshua, who has Down syndrome. He talked about how the Obama healthcare reforms
will help his family. He also expressed his belief that  Obama was for better education, which is
something that is “important to families across America” and “the basis of a
strong economy” He believes that Obama is for family growth, and supports
Medicate, and public assistance.  “Doesn’t matter how much money you make,
public welfare is necessary. [Obama] “is the only candidate that supports the
vulnerable people”.

A delegate from Zambia was also a supporter of Obama,
particularly his stimulus package. “Obama saved America in a worst case
scenario.”

He stated that we need a president who will
have an approach other than violence when working with the Middle East. “There
are peaceful ways to solve problems. America is a powerful country who
negotiates and compromises to end conflict. You can’t keep peace with firearms.
I don’t know what will happen to Iran if Romney wins”.

Other delegates spoke of Obama’s success in
reducing unemployment and his attempts to achieve the promises he made,
including “stopping two foreign wars”. One delegate stated, “America is moving
away from the edge, and it was on a course to destruction.  He deserves a lot of credit”.

One delegate from the United Kingdom also
explained how he didn’t support how Americans scrutinized Obama’s birth, people
called Obama “Ozama”, as if he was from Kenya. “America doesn’t deserve Obama.”

Other positive statements held that Obama is trying
to construct a social economy, giving America an economic “fresh start”, and
creating jobs in the process. After fact-checking on his iPhone, a Pitt student
confirmed that Obama has created 4.2 million jobs.

A Hispanic delegate, the child of illegal
immigrants, contested presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s promise that, if he
is elected,  he will forcibly remove
immigrants from the country. She opposed his idea by saying, “our country was
founded on immigrants, and all of your ancestors were immigrants at some point
or another”, she said that his idea “is scary”. Another American delegate found
some of Romney’s ideas about women, his refusal to support to Planned Parenthood,
and his indecision about abortion, “unsettling”.

Interestingly, the Obama detractors were exclusively from Pittsburgh. Although their reasons were less specific, they agreed
that Obama had not kept his promises. Comments suggested that, despite evidence
of job growth, that Obama has actually killed jobs, increased the deficit, and
“didn’t know what he was getting into.”

At the end of the session, 28 participants
voiced support for Obama, with five opposed.

A delegate from an African nation, previously
unaware of the American economic situation, posed two questions: “Is the
economy better or worse off today?” and “Is two terms enough to fix this mess?”

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