Yesterday afternoon, President Obama undermined the entire rationale for his candidacy.
"The most important lesson I've learned is that you can't change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside," he said during his appearance at the Univision forum.
It's a shocking statement from the candidate who ran on "change" four years ago, who was elected in 2008 for the precise reason that he promised to change Washington from the inside.
President Obama has gone from "Yes, we can" to "No, I can't."
Washington's broken, and the president admits he is helpless to do anything about it. Yet, he still wants another term. But why? If he can't deliver change, then why should anyone vote for him?
Candidate Obama promised to break partisan gridlock, to be a post-partisan leader, and to offer unprecedented transparency. He was unable to do it, and he admits it. That doesn't mean we accept his excuses. It means we need a president who can deliver change.
Mitt Romney has a record of doing just that. In Massachusetts, he worked with an 85 percent Democratic legislature to balance budgets, cut taxes, improve education, create jobs, and reduce the unemployment rate.
Mitt Romney was able to deliver change when he faced a legislature populated by those of the other party. Yet President Obama said he couldn't deliver change during a presidency which included two full years of his own party in control of Congress. That's a stark contrast.
Not only has President Obama failed to change the way Washington works, his policies have not improved our economic situation. The results speak for themselves: a stagnant economy, increased poverty, more reliance on government programs, and record deficits and debt.
Census Bureau statistics released this week paint a chilling picture. As the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, "incomes fell or stagnated in most states last year." Nationally, median incomes fell in 2011 by 1.3 percent, but in some states it was far worse.
Median income fell by 2.9 percent in Arizona and Florida and by 6 percent in Nevada.
After 43 months of unemployment over 8 percent, this news is not particularly surprising. But it is nonetheless troubling for a country desperate for any sign of economic hope. It certainly isn't the mark of a country moving "forward."
Change is what we need after these four painful years. President Obama says he can't deliver it. But Mitt Romney isn't willing to throw in the towel. He has a plan and will get to work on Day One.
His Five Point Plan for a Stronger Middle Class is focused on growing opportunity, increasing take home pay, and getting government out of the way. His plan is expected to create 12 million new jobs. And he and Paul Ryan are committed to changing Washington's destructive tax-and-spend ways.
As Governor Romney said yesterday, "I can change Washington. I will change Washington. We'll get the job done from the inside - Republicans and Democrats will come together."
And we're happy to let President Obama do all he wants from the outside.