Just in time for the first day of school, we're treated to the talk of grading Obama's first term as president with Obama himself giving himself a harsh-sounding "incomplete" and the Romney camp suggesting that running this country should totally be pass/fail--both of which are both way more lenient than our high school calculus class. "You know I would say incomplete," Obama told Colorado's 11 KKTV news (video below). Wait. As grade school and that really tough college course taught us, "incompletes" aren't something you want on your report card--and usually mean you have to retake the course (insert a second term joke). And "incomplete" sounds a lot worse than the B+ he gave himself back in 2009 after his first 11 months in the White House. Obama explained to KTTV that incomplete in this sense isn't that grade-killing word we've come to know: "I would say is the steps that we have taken in saving the auto industry, in making sure that college is more affordable and investing in clean energy and science and technology and research, those are all the things that we are going to need to grow over the long term." Of course, that isn't good enough for a Mitt Romney advisor Matt McDonald, who gave his (and Romney's?) view of how the president should be graded. Apparently, in his eyes, running this country is more like a summer course or P.E. (with a healthy dose of Republican talking points).
I think that for President Obama the question isn't a grade on an A to F scale but it's a pass/fail grade at this point. The question that is on the lips of the people here in Charlotte who are gathering, both the media and the delegates, the people in Colorado and the people across the country is are you better off than you were four years ago and it's a pretty simple answer for alot of people is that they aren't.
And here's the full video of Obama grading himself: