Romney Vs. Obama: How’d Their Biggest Projects Do?

October 12, 2012 at 5:00 am / by

An old high school chum of mine has gone Leftie, big-time. She recently posted this on Facebook: “How, as a thinking woman, could anyone possibly endorse Romney, Ryan, or the Republican Party? I am saddened by the degree they dupe frightened, uninformed people.”

My response to that kind of insult is usually to ignore it, or to joke, “Ohhhhh, nooooo! You found out about my LOBOTOMY!”

But no more. The time is now for major pushback.  Just who has duped the “frightened, uninformed people”? Let’s put on our thinking caps, and review the two Presidential candidates’ track records on the biggest accomplishments on their resumes.  Then we’ll see whom the “thinking people” should support.

Barack Obama: EPIC FAIL

Obama’s biggest project was the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. It was a community-organizing project with a goal of helping educational outcomes of disadvantaged children and youth in Chicago. It cost nearly $150 million – one-third from the late billionaire Walter Annenberg (TV Guide, Seventeen, Philadelphia Inquirer, etc.), one-third from matching private sponsors, and one-third from taxpayers. Obama was on the founding board in 1995, served as president from 1995-99, resigned to run for office in 2000, and was listed back on the board in 2001, when the project wrapped up.

It was a complete, total, embarrassing waste of money – a huge flop.

The 2003 final technical report by the Consortium of Chicago School Research stated “the Challenge had little impact on school improvement and student outcomes, with no statistically significant differences between Annenberg and non-Annenberg schools in rates of achievement gain, classroom behavior, student self-efficacy, and social competence.”

Look at the condition of Chicago’s school district now: 80% of its eighth-graders are not proficient in either reading or math, and nearly 50 percent never graduate, according to the U.S. Department of Education (in an unbelievable irony, that huge federal education agency is run by Obama appointee Arne Duncan, who was the CEO of the terrible Chicago schools from 2001-08). The district’s budget deficit is projected to hit $1 billion next year. Its teachers have the highest union pay scale in the U.S., averaging a salary of $71,200 after 13.7 years, and the union rejected a raise of 16% over four years and went on strike, shutting out 350,000 students from the classroom.

Now for the other candidate’s biggest project:

Mitt Romney, 2002 Winter Olympic Games: HUGE SUCCESS

Apparently, Salt Lake City lost out on the 1998 Olympics. So to try to lure the International Organizing Committee to Salt Lake in 2002, members of the Salt Lake committee allegedly offered $1 million in goodies. It provoked a U.S. Justice Department influence peddling investigation, the Democratic mayor’s decision not to go for re-election, and, though a judge eventually dismissed the charges, Salt Lake’s Olympic planning effort was in a free-fall. It had a budget shortfall of just under $400 million, potential sponsors wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole because of the scandal, the media was in a feeding frenzy, and hopes for a successful Olympics were almost nil.

Then they hired Romney. He spent a few weeks studying each budget line item and instituted solid, common sense management practices to save money. He traveled cross-country to reassure sponsors. He led a team of 23,000 volunteers; dealt with crucial security issues just months after the 9/11 terrorism attack, and was transparent with the media, meeting with them once a week and giving them real news instead of self-serving booster-ism. 

The Olympics hit its ticket sales goals, 2.1 billion people watched worldwide, and the event created a surplus of $56 million, which is now set up to provide ongoing facility upkeep. Romney donated $1 million personally to the Olympics. He said he would accept his salary of $250,000 only if the event finished in the red; when it did, he donated his salary to charity.

One Romney booster said it is “almost eerie” how our nation’s current situation, from scary deficits to deflated morale, parallels the situation in Salt Lake City when Romney rode into town and fixed it.

Hmm. Maybe we “thinking” Americans can actually overcome our “lobotomies,” and recognize who is the better candidate for the most powerful office in the world.

Ya think?



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  1. I think you meant “only if the event finished in the black.” Right?

  2. did you post this where you lefty friend could see it, susan? also, i believe romney agreed to take his salary only if the event DIDN’T finish in the red. to finish in the red means it lost money. why would romney say he’d take payment if they finished in the red?

  3. mesaman says:

    I’m sorry you felt the need to address her as a chum, she is old, and perhaps still a female, but a thinker? Never happen. She is the standard bearing moron so typical of the brainwashed minions of Achmed Abdullah Obama. The brain is a terrible thing to waste on a democrat.

  4. a quick google returned this result – there are others – explaining it. the salary was $280k, not $250k…

    “Romney served as president and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics. According to various media reports and Romney’s spokesman, he signed an agreement that he would be paid $280,000 a year and up to one year in severance pay after the Games.
    Romney said, however, that he would accept no salary unless the Games finished with a profit and he wouldn’t take any severance package. The Olympics committee finished with a $100 million surplus and Romney did finally agree to accept a $922,980 salary and $476,000 in severance, according to media reports quoted by, a website that confirms or debunks rumors and urban legends. Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said he donated both amounts to charity, but did not announce which charities because he said Romney doesn’t make public his charitable contributions.

    • cordeg says:

      Romney’s chief critics at the Boston Globe also investigated this story along with much else of his background. Their overall impression, they once said publicly was that the most annoying thing about Romney was surely that he made everyone else including these reporters feel like cads by comparison. I assume that was partly a joke, but it was clear that they were disappointed to discover that most of what they had assumed to be “too good to be true” was, in fact, true. In the event, while they reported that it was the case that the individual charitable donations were not made public at the time of the US Olympics Committee conclusion, when Romney subsequently ran for Governor of Massachusetts, his tax return releases, while few, did indeed reflect donations of the size of his USOC income, and the reporters concluded there was nothing to suggest Romney hadn’t done exactly as he claimed. It was also true, of course, that his subsequent job was also done without pay. Now, his critics would be quick to point out he didn’t exactly need the money, but this obscures the salient point, which is that Romney was willing to do public service without requiring any compensation and that he clearly wasn’t a man attempting to squeeze every last dime out of everything, as Democrats are inclined to paint him.

  5. cantonst says:

    Thank you so much for this excellent article and comparison of those who are givers and those who are takers…those who are problem solvers and those who cause and perpetuate the problem. We are fast approaching the culmination of the “I’m okay, you’re okay” generation. Socialists and like minded thinkers tend to adopt government as their ‘god’ failing to realise and unwilling to admit that government imposes far more restrictions on their freedom than God does! Our real downfall though, comes from how our pro-choice friends feel we should deal with unintended pregnancy, putting us up there with the likes of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. But what else would you expect from a drug numbed populace whose ultimate fashion statement is a ‘Che’ T-shirt…

  6. 1gentready says:

    Yet so many people that know absolutely nothing about the SOB Barrack Obama thinks he is the savior of the United States. These have got to be Students from Chicago that never benefited from anything Barrack Obama did because they could not read or write and they could not add 2 + 2.

  7. we the people,who are the real government,you have seen lucifer/ovomit/biden,up close and personal,are you not shocked,are you not stunned,the devil/ovomit and his band of fallen angels,are trying to fool you,scare you,be not afraid,as we have seen and heard the devil,and we are prepared to defeat lucifer and his band of evil,thou i walk in the shadow of the valley of death,i will fear no evil/ovomit,and his band of evil.we have shed light on the devil,we have the right and the might,all your tricks lucifer will not fool or scare we the people,god bless romney/ryan,sheriff joe and cold case posse,bless all 3 wrongfully murdered people,2 border guards,and i ambassador stevens.who under the devils admimistration have been wrongfully murdered.god bless chuck norris,frank serpcio,and all american veternas/ nation under god

  8. This is a rather foolish comparison, one is a long term educational goal, the other is a short term athletic enterprise that involves people who have been training for just that event for most of their lives. And I believe I recall that Romney solicited for and received large infusions of federal cash.

  9. Andy says:

    In the black, has to be. No matter what you think about their personalities, their policies, what your party affiliation is, etc, etc. one of these guys WILL reduce your personal freedom in the next four years, and the other will not. Period. Our constitution was written to protect individuals from the tyranny of the government, and the wrong choice will allow that to slide away. See Germany circa 1930.

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