Re "Myths abound in our understanding of federal shutdown" (Viewpoints, Oct. 4): As the president frequently points out, he won reelection. His ego has been inflated, however, to a point that the man shows no humility.
Considering the size of voter turnout at 57.5 percent and his share of the popular vote at 51 percent, he was elected to office by a mere 29 percent of eligible voters. If he is aware that 71 percent of eligible voters did not support his candidacy, he might reasonably be expected to be less arrogant and more respectful of the loyal opposition. He is, after all, supposed to serve that 71 percent, in addition to the minority that accounted for his support, all of whom are represented by House and Senate members, also duly elected.
-- George Layton, Modesto