New Yorker Endorses Obama

New Yorker Announces Presidential Endorsement

The New Yorker announced its endorsement for President Barack Obama ahead of the 2012 general election.

The magazine's editors opened their article "The Choice" by recalling Inauguration Day on January 20, 2009. They detailed the historical significance of the election of the first African American to the nation's highest office. "That night, after the inaugural balls, President Obama and his wife and their daughters slept at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, a white house built by black men, slaves of West African heritage," the editors wrote.

The magazine's endorsement also hit on the challenges Obama faced when he first entered office, and how, nearly four years later, "some, quite reasonably, are disappointed in his policy failures (on Guantánamo, climate change, and gun control); others question the morality of the persistent use of predator drones."

However, the magazine endorsed Obama's re-election. "The President has achieved a run of ambitious legislative, social, and foreign-policy successes that relieved a large measure of the human suffering and national shame inflicted by the Bush Administration. Obama has renewed the honor of the office he holds," the editors wrote.

The magazine highlighted some of Obama legislative accomplishments including the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Consumer Protection Act, health care reform and the auto bailout.

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