I would like to respond to "Obama shouldn’t have to pay for what he inherited" (Opinion, Jules Witcover, Jan. 18).

Just who should pay, me? Barack Obama ran for president. It is the nature of things that you get to take over from the previous one.

I am sick and tired of politics as usual from our "leaders" in Washington and their apologists. If it’s wrong to leave a $1.3 billion deficit at the end of eight years, isn’t it even more wrong to double that in a single year? Could it be that Witcover has a political agenda? Surely not. The media are supposed to be defenders of our right to know the truth.

What about the Obama administration’s promise for open government? Bribes offered to three states and labor unions for their support for Obamacare. ... This isn’t business as usual? Witcover knows it’s Congress that approves spending, doesn’t he? Of course, it wouldn’t suit him to have to admit that the $1.3 billion budget was approved in a bipartisan Congress, unlike Obamacare.

Obama was elected our president. He was given the job of leading our country. It’s been a year, and I think it’s time to accept the responsibility of the office. He can’t spend his entire presidency talking about what he inherited. He campaigned on change. It’s time he put the past behind him.

Sgt. Maj. Thomas Brooks (retired)Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan

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