The election is less than a week away, yet some voters claim to still be undecided. We’ve watched the Republican and Democratic conventions, three presidential debates, and thousands of television ads, all vying for our vote.

Illinois is expected to vote for its favorite son, Barack Obama, the law professor, community organizer, and state politician who in 2008 rocked the world by becoming America’s first African-American president. For some, the idea of four more years of the Obama administration is conceivable, desirable, expected, and highly anticipated. For others – and not all of them are Republicans – four more years of the Obama administration is inconceivable, undesirable, unexpected, and highly dreaded.

Anyone who has been watching this election and following the whims and mind-changing antics of Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, surely should not be undecided. Certainly all doubts as to whether or not Obama should be re-elected have been eliminated, especially in light of his immediate response and presidential handling of the havoc Hurricane Sandy wreaked on the Eastern seaboard Monday.

But just in case there are still a few undecided voters, and a few voters who need to be persuaded to re-elect our sitting president, I offer a few facts as to why we need to move forward with President Barack Obama as our commander-in-chief.

In an interview printed in the November issue of Ebony magazine, President Obama discussed his two-fold strategy of growing the USA economy which includes job creation and building strong cities and communities. To date, this strategy has been quite successful in that 4.5 million new jobs, a half million of which are in manufacturing, have been created. Going forward, the JOBS Act, still awaiting Congressional passage, could create a million more jobs in underserved communities.

In March 2010, Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This historic health care reform act, affectionately referred to as “ObamaCare,” enables 30 million Americans, for the first time in history, to get health care.

An avid supporter and huge proponent of education, Obama has been valiant in seeking school improvement. His administration implemented the Race to the Top initiative and allocated money for higher education, particularly community colleges. This increased funding will enable Americans to return to school and be trained, or retrained, to fill thousands of currently available jobs. Obama brought down the end cost of educational loans by eliminating banks as administrators of Federal Student Loans.

In May 2011, the president tracked down and killed Osama bin Laden, bringing closure for thousands of Americans who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attack on New York’s World Trade Center. In October 2011, Americans celebrated the end of the Iraq War. Thousands of soldiers were reunited with their families by year’s end.

After 17 years of serving silently, the policy that banned gays, lesbians, and bisexuals from serving in the military, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” was repealed. A president for all Americans, at considerable risk to his re-election effort, Obama courageously declared his support for same-sex marriage as an American civil right.

This president faced and met the challenges of the May 2010 BP oil spill which contaminated communities and weakened the Gulf Coast tourist industry. Under his capable leadership, BP cleaned up the spill and made restitution, which enabled the Gulf Coast to come back strong. He also faced and dealt with the devastating effects of the May 2011 Joplin, Mo. tornado and other major disasters.

He appointed Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic woman on the Supreme Court, which will benefit Americans long after he has left office.

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Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, has served and protected Americans well. He has a concrete comprehensive plan to continue to move America forward. President Obama has a good leadership track record. He deserves and has earned the right to another four years. It is up to us, the voters, to go to the polls Nov. 6 and exercise our right to vote, the right that so many people fought, bled, and died for. I am voting to re-elect President Barack Obama, and I hope you will too.

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