A few days ago former president Bill Clinton concluded the annual Clinton Global Initiative Conference in New York City. The Clinton Global Initiative is an organization founded by Bill Clinton to culminate world leaders of all backgrounds to tackle global issues such as energy and the environment, technology, global health, and education. Among other prominent leaders, the CGI speakers featured both President Barack Obama and presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Besides the friendly convention references, Romney, who joked about how he looked forward to a poll bounce after being introduced by Bill Clinton, and Obama, who quipped how he liked Bill’s speech at the DNC better than his introduction, left their campaign agendas out of their speeches.
The CGI Meeting provided a brief yet refreshing moment, during an otherwise vicious campaign race, where both parties put their differences aside to coalesce in the common interest of making the world a better place. Romney promoted his aspirations on how to improve foreign aid while Obama advanced his ideas on how to put an end to human trafficking. Both delivered valid concepts facilitating the improvement of important global issues. Unfortunately, the media’s incessant negative emphasis of their differences impedes the enhancement of their similarities. For instance, Romney and Obama both agree student loans should not be raised, which is something all Oxy students can appreciate.
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