Underestimation, Anniversary Plans & Other Reasons President Obama Struggled In Last Night’s Debate

October 5, 2012  |  

For the past couple of weeks I have been turnt up…for the presidential debates. Mitt Romney had had a couple of terrible weeks. Paul Ryan, his vice presidential candidate was getting more shine than him and those god-awful 47 percent comments had pretty much cemented his name in the list of unsuccessful presidential hopefuls. I was sure that the debates, public speaking, President Obama’s strong suit would be the final nail in coffin that was Mitt Romney’s slowly descending presidential campaign.

But what I saw last night didn’t exactly meet my expectations.

Jim Lehrer, the moderator, though he seemed like a lovely man, was no match for the two candidates. Mitt Romney came across as assertive and well prepared. And President Obama just seemed to be having an “off” day at the absolute worst time to have an off day.

Dang it!

I turned off the television frustrated, hoping that the attention-seeking, almost mythical group of “undecided voters” weren’t persuaded and wooed by Mitt’s shapeshifting, outright lies and overbearing ways.

But in the midst of that I wondered, what was going on with my president?

We’ve known for sometime now that President Obama is a class act. He prefers compromise over conflict and dignity over drama. But last night I was hoping that he brought more of the realness, some zing, punch, pizazz, shade, reading whatever. But that just didn’t happen.

There were so many times throughout the night where I was literally coaching President Obama from my couch, hollering out jabs for him to hurl back at Mitt Romney. Begging him to call him a liar or at least say he was dead wrong. But that didn’t happen either.

The night wasn’t a total bust, I will say President Obama won the healthcare part of the debate considering Mitt was trying to steal portions of “Obamacare” for this alleged plan of his. But when it came to the economy and tax cuts, he just didn’t sell it like he should have.

My Twitter timeline and a New York Times analysis said pretty much the same thing. President Obama just didn’t have that fire last night. Some claimed he was tired, others that he didn’t expect Mitt to come at him the way he did and one hilarious person on Facebook said that he was too excited about that “anniversary A$$” to focus on the debate.

Judging by his more spirited comments today in Denver and the actual mention of the 47 percent, it seems that President Obama’s advisors had some constructive feedback for him.

So, we’ll take the “L”  on this one and hope that people will tune into for the second and third rounds. And in those second and third rounds, I’ma need the President and Joe Biden to bring it and as Rupaul would say lip sync debate for his life.

What did you think of the debate last night? Do you think President Obama’s performance will hurt him at the polls?

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