I've been wondering lately what it will take. Every day of this campaign season seems to bring with it new polling numbers, new data on jobs and the economy, and new opportunities for me to dine with the president and any number of famous people, the most appealing of which (besides the First Lady) has hands down been George Clooney.
Of course, I'm the choir that doesn't need to be preached to, the one whose vote the president can be assured of, and whose few measly dollars here and there, particularly after listening to Mr. Romney or Mr. Ryan speak, is given willingly, if not as abundantly like Bill Maher, to the re-election effort, because I am, after all, part of the 98 percent.
I wonder in earnest how people can vote against their own interests. Do Medicare recipients really not understand the ramifications of the proposed voucher system by the Romney/Ryan ticket? They would be out of voucher money after a bout with the common cold, never mind anything more serious or that requires ongoing treatment.
And to all you parents out there, imagine raising your children without Sesame Street or Curious George or any of the other wholesome programming that PBS provides, because the first thing that Mitt Romney wants to do to trim the fat is cut off funding to PBS. Yes, to put it bluntly, Mitt Romney wants to kill Elmo and that's just heartless no matter what side of the aisle you sit on.
I wonder how anyone who has been denied health insurance coverage or a legitimate medical claim can be against the affectionately titled "Obamacare."
I don't know how anyone in this country who was alive on 9/11 could feel anything but respect and admiration for a leader whose bold and courageous decision as Commander-in-Chief took down Osama bin Laden.
I won't even go into avoiding the bread lines of a depression, or turning around a failing American auto industry. Oh, and yes, putting an end to Don't Ask, Don't Tell and publicly coming out in favor of equality for an entire sector of the population that has been denied equal rights thus far in our history.
But if all this can't convince the American public that President Obama is the one to vote for, what can?
I have been giving this quite a bit of thought and I think I've got the answer. So hear me out on this one: Americans like people who can sing. We not only like people who can sing, we vote for them... by the millions. American Idol, America's Got Talent, The Voice, X Factor, you get the picture. Setting aside, well, responsible citizenry for one thing, I think singing is President Obama's key to Election Day victory.
So while I'm glad his soulful vocal stylings have been under wraps in recent months, I think he needs to warm up and take 'em out for a spin again, because "he got game," as the kids are fond of saying. And side by side, note for note, that just may be the one thing that can get him the votes.
I know, I know, there are very real and dire life and death issues coming into play in this election. And people should take those issues seriously. But the truth is people's eyes glaze over with discussions of debt ceilings, interest rates, and tax loopholes. We understand things like the image of a dog being tied to the roof of a car. And we flock in droves, clamor even, to watch, vote, and feel a part of singing competitions. We want to be entertained, amused, and I'm not judging here...well, maybe just a little. But I say you gotta go with your strong suit, your ace in the hole. And Mr. Romney, for all his millions and all the voice coaches in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, can't outsing the President of the United States.
So Mr. President, if you're reading this... please, sing us a song.