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Published: Sunday, Nov. 4 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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George
Bronx, NY

A gee your vote was the one Obama really needed to win Utah. I am sure he is broken hearted.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Welcome home Jared! I agree with you completely!

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Why do I doubt that this writer ever voted for Obama. Trivial attacks? Good grief how do they compare with the outright lies being pushed by the Romney Campaign? You know, the continuing lie about Jeep jobs being outsourced to China, that he made the economy worse lie, the "you didn't build that distortion", the lie that Obama "doubled the deficit". But the author is pained by a few humorous coments about big bird. Give me a break!

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

First and most important, so what? Neither candidate needed your vote in this state. Romney? He is going to win by a landslide in this state regardless of who you voted for. He would merely come here to Utah not to campaign but to use it as as ATM machine.

Obama? Ha ha, he doesn't need this state.

Secondly, if you're really going to let Big Bird and Romnesia ruffle your feathers then

A. You weren't really a supporter of him anyway.
B. You're rewarding Mitt's farrrrrr worse behavior.

I am not a parent yet but I know that parents shouldn't reward their children for bad behavior. It only perpetuates it further. The GOP's horrific behavior for the past decade but particularly during the Obama administration should NOT be rewarded.

Do you not remember what they did under Bush? Do you really want to hand them the keys already?

Do you not remember how they have attacked Obama and his family?

If you're being honest and rewarding good behavior then you'll reward Obama. His campaign hasn't been nearly as negative or hostile as the GOP's.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

If 'Romnesia' and big bird changed your vote, you weren't much of an Obama supporter. There are far bigger issues at play than these silly things that come out in campaigns.

Ralph West Jordan
Taylorsville, UT

While Obama may have started his petty campaign in the last few week, Romney started and is finishing with the same pettiness, not to mention the untruths and constant flip flopping. Keep the T shirt, you can wear it to an Obama victory rally and pretend you stuck to your guns!

dave
Park City, UT

This is a troll letter There is no way it can be real. The GOP has set the bar to a new low with their attacks on the President. Both sides are disgraceful but the GOP is exponentially more guilty.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

"In 2008, I was a college freshman and able to vote for the first time."
Let's see... that would make you about 22 now... still eligible to be carried on your parents' health insurance. It is quite brave of you to vote for the man that pledges to take away that health coverage. I hope you have been blessed and free of pre-existing conditions.

You are changing your vote because of "petty, trivial attacks". The result of your vote could have a very serious effect on your life.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It is an unfortunate thing when after 4 years of college a person still cannot think for themselves.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

And apparently Mitt Romney's false Jeep ads and many, many other debunked claims are NOT trivial.

It is going to be a sweet Obama victory!

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

And so after 4 years of vile accusations the like has never been seen in our nation's history you are bummed out but some petty sarcasim? You need a refund on your education because you don't know the difference between spin and out and out lies and that my friend is how to discern history. This campaign is like a neighor throwing his trash over my fence and calling the cops because I don't clean it up fast enough.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

You can vote for anyone you like, Jacob, but try in your thought process to separate style from substance. Do we just ignore all the attacks on Obama during his term in office because they didn't come from Romney personally? Sure, "Romnesia" was a little silly, but the purpose it had, reminding people of Romney's constant changes during the campaign, was serious and, I believe, truthful. Big Bird is about as specific as Romney has been when talking about future budget cuts. Cut the federal contribution to Public Broadcasting? It's too tiny to make any difference.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Don't get sidetracked over Obama's fascination with "Big Bird". What we should be concerned with is his abdication of responsibility while watching live video of Americans under attack by terrorists in Benghazi.

If you want to cast your vote for a Commander in Chief who stands up for Big Bird even while denying support for Americans under fire, then vote for him. May you be lucky enough to never need a leader to save you or someone you love who is under attack by terrorists.

His oath of office means nothing to him: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

He lied for two weeks, telling us that a youtube video led to unplanned demonstrations when he had seen with his own eyes and heard with his own ears the terrorists who killed Americans.

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

Many of those professing a change in their voting pattern probably changed (if they ever voted for Obama in the first place which is seriously doubtful) when the Republican propaganda machine started their constant barrage of negative attacks against Obama in January, 2009.

When people start out their comments by referring to the president as "Barack Hussein Obama", you know they have been hostile to this man since before Day 1. It's that same old flaming that they have engaged in from the beginning. The visceral dislike for this president is based more on old prejudices than from any real and honest difference of opinion. Just read what they write and you know that their attitudes were sealed in stone before the president took office.

Most of the reasons people give are renditions of conservative talking points pushed by wingnut media. There is nothing unique or original in the positions expressed. It's just the Same Ol' Same Ol' partisan talk that has focused on Obama as "The Other" and "not a real American". Nothing new. And now we have all the "I voted for Obama and now I'm not" talk which probably is just more trolling the comments section.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Huh? ". . . his abdication of responsibility while watching live video of Americans under attack by terrorists in Benghazi."

Mr. Richards, where do you find lies like that?

Ying Fah
Provo, UT

OK, the letter writer basis his opinion on "trivial" issues but has nothing to say about substantive issues. This speaks volumes. Nothing regarding major policy differences is mentioned which makes one wonder how seriously the letter writer takes his voting rights.

We have just experienced the latest in a series of devastating storms. However, there is no reference to Romney's desire to eliminate FEMA. Nothing on how he wants to give that responsibility back to the states so that a state which is the target of massive destruction, a state where the infrastructure has been destroyed, has the responsibility for managing its recovery.

There is no discussion on the matters of war and peace despite Romney's "claim" that he basically agrees with Obama, ignoring the fact that he is surrounded and advised by the same neocons who led Bush into Iraq. Romney's bellicose rhetoric about Iran a month ago apparently has no effect on this young man because fighting wars are, in the Republican mindset, fought by other people.

Utah has the lowest per capita participation enlistment levels in the United States. Service to the nation, ironically, is of low priority in this ultra-conservative state.

J Thompson
SPRINGVILLE, UT

Those who try to tell us that Obama had no knowledge that terrorists had attacked us in Benghazi are portraying him as if he were an idiot. They're telling us that he had some kind of "do not disturb" sign on his door and that no one in the White House had permission to wake up the "Commander in Chief" when we were under attack. They also want us to believe that he, the Commander in Chief, was kept out of the loop for two weeks while he proved his total incompetence by blaming the attack on a film maker.

Those who think that Utahns under serve have redefined service. Utah has the highest participation rate of unpaid service volunteers in the nation. Tens of thousands of unpaid service volunteers leave their homes in Utah every year to teach people that they have worth, that they can get off welfare, that they can be productive, that there is purpose to life. They use their own money to serve others.

Democrats keep telling us that Republicans don't care, but how many of them spend $10,000 to pay for each volunteer's two-year service?

Salsa Libre
Provo, UT

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

The hostility in your comments is self-evident and can be summed up in seven words: "Mike Richards simply doesn't like the man!" Regardless of what the president says, what he does, what he accomplishes, you are a true believer and will never give the president credit. Your comments are unsubstantiated wingnut talking points spread by conservative media and directed to that Republican goal to make Barack Obama a one-term president, regardless.

This all started with Rush Limbaugh's edict prior to the president's inauguration in January, 2009, to make him fail. All efforts of true-believing conservatives took this as their central purpose to re-gain the White House, throw out the usurper, and re-store the God-given right to a Republican president.

The anger directed toward this president has been allowed to expand and fester to the point where respectful discussion is considered treasonous to the conservative mind. Even acknowledging any Obama administration accomplishments is to be avoided lest the wingnut media turn and punish the offender. Manufactured and exaggerated lies have become the staple of conservative thinking with a committed body of individuals to troll the newspace.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "Moderate" unfortunately you are wrong. Prior to the ACA, college students could be carried on their parents insurance until age 25 or 26. All that has changed is now, you can sit on your parents couch doing nothing and still be covered. The letter writer was never in danger of losing healthcare coverage.

To "Mike in Cedar City" read what the Washington Post fact checkers had to say about the Jeep add. They declared Romney's jeep add technically correct. They didn't like how he presented the facts.

To "The Real Maverick" hopefully people will remember how it was under bush. We had AAA credit ratings, unemployment around 5%, and deficits that are 1/3 of today's

Owl
Salt Lake City, UT

Fool me once, I voted for Obama in 2008, and it's his fault.
Fool me twice and it's my fault. I won't make the same mistake in 2012.

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