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3 Reasons Why The Pres. WON The Debate

Last night was the 1st of 3 debates between President Obama and Mitt Romney. It went as I predicted with my Presidential tale of the tape piece. Mitt came out with his ears pinned back, going for broke. He had nothing to lose. From 6:00 pm PST to 6:17 pm PST, Mitt was invincible. He came to play. It was his type of debate format. He felt he had home field advantage . He was in his zone, his element. Then at 6:18 pm PST, Mitt Romney became Nit Mitt Romney again and it was all downhill from there. The President knew it and put it on cruise control. Thus winning the 1st debate. Here are my 3 reasons why:

SPEAK TO ME AND NOT YOUR OPPONENT

Last night, the President spoke to the people of the United States. Directly. He looked into the camera as if he was talking directly to you and me. Mitt only did that at the opening and closing statements.From that point on, at times, Mitt seemed over his head having to resort to his pre memorized zingers which were ill-timed. He seemed to stumble and fumble once 44 boxed him in to explain what his plans were which leads me to next reason why it was a victory for the President:

TRUE BOARDROOM COLORS CAME OUT

What struck a chord with me was his handling of the moderator Jim Lehrer (who by the way, I lost a ton of respect for) Mitt basically took over the debate by becoming candidate and moderator at the same time. And while the moderator is as important as the scab refs in the NFL, he was still the ref. And he let the players push him around. I can only imagine what a meeting would be like if Mitt is in charge. I can imagine if he sat in front of a person like Syrian dictator Assad and he spoke to him the way he spoke to Lehrer. That’s not going to bode well for the U.S. The ultimate disrespect was when this happened:

So Jimmy, how did that taste? He just told you to your face ‘If I win, I’m firing that ass along with the rest of the Sesame Street Crew’. Romney was rude and unpresidential last night in those moments And third and the most telling:

HE STILL HASN’T TOLD YOU HIS PLAN

While everyone gets hung up on style points, the major problem still with Mitt Romney is that he still hasn’t laid out a plan for all the things he’s going to do. This was the golden opportunity that Mitt had to tell the country, good or bad, what he was going to do and he failed miserably at doing it. When he said that he wasn’t going to give a 5 trillion-dollar tax cut, he never gave specifics on how he was going to do that. Which I have said before, is going to come back and dog Mitt.

The talking heads seem to think that Mitt won this debate. I liken it to Blake Griffin and the Clippers. Blake can have all the spectacular dunks he wants in a game. But those dunks are only worth 2 points. And if the dunks come in a game where your Clippers team is losing by 25 points with 2 minutes to go in the 4th quarter, those dunks really don’t matter. Style is wonderful, but if you don’t substance, you’re going to lose every time. That’s how this debate was. The President called off the dogs and let the game end respectfully. Next debate for Obama and Mitt: October 16th-Hempsted N.Y.:

Tell’em Bart

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11 thoughts on “3 Reasons Why The Pres. WON The Debate

  1. Very good analysis. But I disagree that the president won – at least in strictly political terms. Did he win over any new voters, or was he preaching to the choir? I kind of think he chose the latter route. You are 100% correct about Jim Lehrer and about the way Romney acted like a class-A prick to him, but you gotta remember – a lot of America LIKES that shit. They think it’s great that Romney is such a douche, and they think a douche is just what this country needs to throw off the dead weight (that pesky 47%!) and rise up to greatness again. Obama doesn’t need to respond to this by being a dick himself – but how GREAT would it have been to see Obama come back after that “Big Bird” bullshit and say, “Well Jim, I guess my opponent was right when he said he likes to fire people, since he just gave you your walking papers on live national television. I’m glad he reminded us about that, because job creation is not about firing, and what works for a company’s bottom line isn’t necessarily what works for the country’s best interests. Trying to treat governing like a corporate balance sheet is just not an approach that’s going to work”. You know? Just give a little back, instead of doing the “cruise control” thing you mentioned in your post. This election is WAY too close for my personal comfort, and I don’t want to see the president making the path to the White House any smoother for Mittens than he has to. I say he needs to drink a Red Bull before the next debate and remind himself that he can have facts and truth on his side all day long, but if he can’t make America HEAR that truth over Willard’s tantrums, then he’s going to be losing some valuable opportunities in front of a national audience. You hit the nail on the head with several points you made – as far as the way Obama addressed the camera directly more than Romney did, that was a great tactic. He also did a great job of pointing out how completely devoid of details Mitt’s statements were, and of making it clear that Romney basically said a whole lot of nothing. But it’s the way he said it that now has Obama playing defense, and that’s not where I’d like the president to be with a month left before Election Day, you know?

    • You’re absolutely right. I think the president showed a lot of rust seeing that he hasn’t had a debate in 4 years. He played like a rusty Micheal Jordan coming out of retirement wearing the 45 jersey. He is going to have to come strong and I think the town hall format will be right up his alley. Mitt doesn’t have the personality for that type of format. Someone mentioned to me that he may have been a little off because the crowd was instructed to be silent. He feeds off the crowd and their response.He’s going to have to get over that. He may have won over new voters. I was on my Facebook page and I have a friend who is a staunch Mitt supporter. Even he was turning on Mitt saying things like Mitt’s rude and he isn’t saying anything that is going to help me. Which was a shock seeing all the rhetoric he posts. i think the President is going to come out stronger this next debate. I still think he won. It wasn’t a pretty win or go for jugular win everyone wanted. But I think it was a win none the less. I don’t think a thing to worry about. Mitt may have won with the talking heads, but i don’t he won the most important thing: Trust from the people.

      • Yup, town hall is definitely where Obama is in his element, far more so than he was in last night’s setting. Good to hear that you’re seeing somebody who is getting fed up with Mitt’s nitwit bullshit – hope he’s not the only one. And you are right when you say that Mitt’s got a trust problem with voters, and last night did nothing to erase that at all. I hope there are enough people who understand how important it is to vote for someone who has facts on his side, and not just empty promises. Thank you as always for some excellent political comments!

  2. Interesting analysis but I am going to have to agree with Chris on this one, the President did not win this one. He needs to energize the ‘undecided’, convince those fence sitters he has a plan. He isn’t just out there for himself, for his opportunity for four more years there are other Democrats hanging on his coattails also, he needs to energize the base to pull the lever for them.

    The President cannot afford to relax he must be vigilant, prepared and fight back. No he doesn’t have to be rude or obnoxious but he does have to be better than he was last night.

    Romney said gas prices are higher – he should have said and how would you bring them down? Basic arithmetic and business, oil is a global commodity.

    Romney said he didn’t know there was a tax deduction for closing a business and shipping jobs overseas, the President brought it onto the table, he should have told him which deduction it was from the tax code.

    They kept talking the $5T tax revenue reduction. It was the Presidents opportunity to ask Mitt what his plan was, not the 60,000 feet but the “how are you going to pay for it, what loopholes are you going to close?” He didn’t do it.

    these are just some examples. When Mitt lied, he should have said, that is a lie. But the President needs to be careful not to get caught in any himself. He told a couple of his own, though not nearly as big.

    • Hey Valentine!!! Thanks so much for reading my post. And thanks for following my blog. Thank you so much for your support. I have a piece coming out about P90X Paul Ryan Path To Prosperity B.S. Some of his proposed cuts are going to shock you!!! Stay tuned!!!

      • I wish you would add the function to follow via e-mail !! It makes things so much easier, especially for people like me who away from are desks a great deal and don’t use the WordPress reader to follow to often. E-mail notifications make it so much easier! I look forward to your next post.

    • He needs to retire along with Barbara Walters. But I’m working on a piece now on 10 of the biggest Mitt lies told during the debate. It should be up in about an hour and a half. Thanks for all of your support!!!

  3. DID YOU NOTICE THAT MITT ROMNEY WANTED TO GET THE LAST WORD IN BUT HE KEPT STEPPING ON HIS SHOES, & TONGUE, AFTER PRES. OBAMA TOLD AMERICA THE TRUTH OF HOW IT IS. I TRUST PRES. OBAMA OVER MITT ROMNEY. WHY DOESN’T MITT ROMNEY TELL ABOUT HIS FIVE YEAR PLAN, IS IT A SECRET OR WILL WE FIND OUT AFTER HE POSSIBLY GETS ELECTED? DO ALL OF US FIND OUT LATER ON AFTER IT IS TOO LATE….

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