In response to the letter of Aug. 18 "Has Obama earned his keep?": The writer lists two things that our president has done. I would like to remind the writer that the Republican Congress vowed that they would not pass anything that was put before them by President Obama. They are so entrenched in their radical racist ideology that they have set about lying and cheating in order to fool the American people into believing them. They've even doubled down on their threat to shut down the government if the Affordable Care Act isn't defunded. I believe that had the "old" Republican racist fuddy-duddies come down off of the holier-than-thou high-horses that the country would not be in the deplorable condition it is now in. And yes, I mean "racist." All you need to do is look at the candidates that Republicans ran against President Obama. Democrat or Republican, had our current president been white, Republicans wouldn't have exposed they're racist underbelly. Now we know! And that's the rest of the story.