I never see anyone pointing out this obvious difference between Obama and Romney. Perhaps they don't see it, or perhaps they think it is irrelevant. But surely I am not alone in noticing how unconnected Obama is. This was glaringly evident to me last night after the debate.
Obama is embraced by his wife Michelle. Note there are no other family members present. And I am not talking about his daughters, who were probably at home in bed. But where are other family members?
Note the number of people surrounding Romney, his wife and sons, and grandchildren.
I think it makes a very big difference in the lack of family between this two men. Obama has only his nuclear family: Michelle and two daughters. Romney is connected with many people who are blood-related to him. One man understands the importance of family and how our society affects that family; the other man, Obama, seems to operate as a loner, not shaped by strong family ties.
Not that a lack of family means someone can't make wise decisions in the public sphere. But certainly a past of broken relationships (Obama was abandoned by both his biological father and his mother) will take its toll on one's personal and professional life.