According to letter writer Rani Merryman's reasoning ("Romney is a leader, Sept. 8), President Barack Obama promised unity but failed to unite the two political parties. In my way of thinking, Mr. Obama cannot be faulted for the results of a stone-walling obstructionism with which Republicans in Congress met him from day one. While in Mr. Obama's bid for the presidency a short three and a half years ago, his platform featured an important goal of breaking the existing gridlock in Congress, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that "the main goal of the Republican party is to make Obama a one-term president." This announcement precluded any hope for a healthy conversation or consideration of compromise between the two parties.

The positive accomplishments attributable to our president during this short time are nothing short of amazing considering the non-support of a "party of no" bent on its own selfish power-seeking agenda. At the same time, as far as I can see, Governor Romney as a leader shows very little promise regarding foreign policy, and his chosen running mate is currently revealing a personal philosophy along with an economical solution that is lopsided in the direction of increased benefits for the wealthiest Americans as well as dangerous in its untested extremism.

Elizabeth Goldsborough, Owings Mills