The first and perhaps best test for a president is getting elected. While it's true that just about any (D) team could have defeated the "silliness" that the Republican's selected in 08, Obama defeated Hillary Clinton, which was no easy task.<quoted text>
McCain was not the best choice in 2008. But he did serve his country and doesn't deserve being dissed by a fellow vet.
Romney, however, was the best choice in 2012. Unfortunately, America was still starry eyed and daydreaming about Obama's promised land of Utopia.
Reality set in too late.
And of course you certainly recall that Obama defeated the Republican entry again in 2012.