The establishment media cheered for Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election campaign, with one commentator, Chris Matthews, famously saying he “felt this thrill running up my leg” when Obama spoke.

They have been cheering for him ever since, through his Obamacare battles, stimulus spending and multiple tours in which he bowed to foreign heads of state.

Until now.

The GOP has compiled a list of dozens of newspapers that four years ago endorsed Obama but have concluded in this presidential election that his promise of “change” has come up ‘woefully short.”

“We have little confidence that Obama would be more successful managing the economy and the budget in the next four years,” said the Orlando Sentinel. “For that reason, though we endorsed him in 2008, we are recommending Romney in this race.”

The GOP list of 28 newspapers, so far, includes several in key swing states such as Florida and Iowa.

“The nation has struggled to recover from recession for the past 40 months. Still, the economy is growing at an unacceptably anemic rate of around 2 percent a year and could slip back into recession depending on what happens in the European Union and China,” said The Des Moines Register.

“The workforce is still 4.5 million jobs short of the nearly 9 million that were lost in the recession. Longer term, looming deficits driven by Social Security and Medicare pose the single greatest threats to the nation’s economic security.

“The president’s best efforts to resuscitate the stumbling economy have fallen short. Nothing indicates it would change with a second term in the White House.”

Before endorsing Romney, the newspaper last endorsed a Republican presidential candidate in 1972.

The nearby Quad-City Times said health care reform is “just one example of flagging leadership on an issue that defines the Obama presidency.”

“Sadly, others exist,” the paper said.

Other Romney endorsements:

  • Reno Gazette-Journal: “The United States, and Nevada, cannot afford four more years of the same. The change Obama promised four years ago is needed right now.”
  • Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale: “Four years into Barack Obama’s presidency, economic growth is sputtering. Family incomes are down. Poverty is up. Business owners are reluctant to assume risk in the face of unending uncertainty. Many are holding on by their fingernails …”
  • Naples Daily News: “Some of the warnings about Obama’s lack of legislative and leadership skills have come true over the past four years. It is not worth risking the state of our economy for the next four years to see whether his learning curve really is behind him.”
  • Florida Today: “We recommended Obama [in 2008] because he promised to end the war in Ira, continue NASA’s moon-exploration program and reform health care costs … We also believed Obama would reach out and build new coalitions in Washington to resolve issues mired in partisanship. Four years later, Obama has failed to satisfy three out of four of those expectations.”
  • Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill.: “Four years later, where is the hope? Where is the confident swagger and leadership to uplift the nation’s mood?”
  • Houston Chronicle: “We were captivated by the Illinois senator’s soaring rhetoric and energized by his promise to move American politics beyond partisan gridlock and into an era of hope and change. It hasn’t happened. … Obama’s deeds have failed to match his words.”
  • The Tennessean: “Perhaps the change he [Obama] spoke of could only come with the help of Mitt Romney.”
  • Los Angeles Daily News: “The editorial board [urges] voters to say ‘enough’ to a Democratic administration whose sincere best has turned out disappointing, and install a seasoned leader with a record of fixing problems. Mitt Romney is that seasoned leader.”

The Royal Oak, Mich., Daily Tribune said Obama is “less than inspiring,” and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said the nation needs something, as Obama put it, “fundamentally different” than what the president is offering.

Others joining the crowd were the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the New York Observer, the Vancouver Columbian, the Billings Gazette, the Pasadena Star-News, Capser Star-Tribune (which called Obama’s presidency “quite possibly the most disappointing … in the history of the U.S.), Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, Lafayette Journal and Courier, Joplin Globe, Shreveport Times, Cape Cod Times and Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

The Quad-City Times said: “We invested heavily in hope back in 2008. Our 2012 endorsement of Mitt Romney comes with an imperative for change. The change that we’d hoped would elevate our economy wound up woefully short.”

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