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First Presidential Face Off Is Debatable

Posted by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 7:40 AM
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At my house, watching a presidential debate ranks right up there with the season finale of American Idol. Before the show got started, I made myself a little snack, homemade guac and ginger ale, and I settled on the couch with my laptop so that I could take notes and follow tweets of celebs like Anderson Cooper and comedian Sandra Bernhard. Even though my daughter was yelling at me from upstairs to blow dry her hair for school tomorrow, I was too mesmerized by the lines on the bottom of my television screen that looked like the EKG of a deceased person. It was actually a play-by-play interpretation of the viewer’s reaction to the speeches. I should have known this debate would fall flat.

Let’s face it, sometimes the anticipation of a big event is greater than the moment itself, and tonight’s political face off was one of those letdowns. I mean, the build up reminded me of a red carpet pre show on E!, and I was even expecting Ryan Seacrest to interview Ann Romney and the first lady backstage.

By the way, I loved their advice to their husbands before the candidates took the stage.

Ann: “Trust your own gut.”

Michelle: “Have fun, relax, and be yourself.”

Sure, easy for them to say.

Anyway, the debate started off interestingly enough when the president wished his “sweetie” a happy twentieth wedding anniversary and told her, “One year from now we won’t be celebrating with 20 million people watching.” Even Mitt Romney felt obligated to extend congratulations to his opponent.

After those niceties, I thought I would witness a real showdown, but neither candidate hardly made eye contact and both smirked at each other’s comments. Surprisingly, the Republican nominee blew away many viewers with his obvious preparedness and specifics about an economic recovery plan that included a $5 trillion tax cut. Personally, I thought he came across rude and disrespectful to nice guy moderator Jim Lehrer, a seasoned journalist who has hosted this gig for 12 years. Meanwhile, President Obama looked half asleep with his eyes closed (he was actually looking down while writing notes to himself, I hope) and didn’t bring much new to the table even though his educational incentives that include the “Race to the Top” program always impresses.  One thing that kept me busy was when I tried to count how many times the candidates blinked their eyes per minute because a study shows that excessive blinking is a sign of nervousness and usually indicates who loses the election.

Finally, I was expecting some real zingers, quotable one-liners that usually highlight these 90-minute showdowns other than Romney’s rant about how he “loves Big Bird.”

What was your memorable moment of the debate?

by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 7:40 AM
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pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 8:19 AM
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Obama has finally been challenged and couldn't hide behind the media.  He has been protected by the media all of these years and finally had to answer some tough questions in which he did not have any answers.  This is the true Obama that some of us knew existed: Full of smoke and mirrors.

AGals
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 8:30 AM
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Yea right, Romney totally disrespected him. He was in shock.


Quoting pvtjokerus:

Obama has finally been challenged and couldn't hide behind the media.  He has been protected by the media all of these years and finally had to answer some tough questions in which he did not have any answers.  This is the true Obama that some of us knew existed: Full of smoke and mirrors.


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rccmom
by Gold Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 8:39 AM
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I'm not sure how you can consider Obama being smoke and mirrors when we cannot get any specifics out of Romney. While Romney spoke well, I felt he was just blowing smoke.


Quoting pvtjokerus:

Obama has finally been challenged and couldn't hide behind the media.  He has been protected by the media all of these years and finally had to answer some tough questions in which he did not have any answers.  This is the true Obama that some of us knew existed: Full of smoke and mirrors.


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ms-superwoman
by Bronze Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 8:45 AM
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The most memorable part was Romney making himself look like a fool. Not only being rude and disrespectful but not giving any real answers.
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shimamab
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 8:52 AM
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I have a feeling that, between his weak performance, not mentioning the dreaded 47% comment, and the lack of spinning his team did afterwards, that O's plan was to not bring out the big guns last night. Maybe letting Romney show that cockiness and disrespect plays into the narrative they've been telling about him. If O had munched just certain aspects, I'd see it diff. But for the whole debate to be so unlike him, makes me suspicious. Planned or not, O has set the bar low to now be able to show improvement where R apparently was at the top of his game and had better not slip at all.
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Billiejeens
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 8:54 AM
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He is the leader of the free world, he killed Bin Laden with his bare hands and a dis from a man in a suit at a nearby podium sent him into shock.

YOU WIN!   (No one is going to top that nonsense)


 

Quoting AGals:

Yea right, Romney totally disrespected him. He was in shock.


Quoting pvtjokerus:

Obama has finally been challenged and couldn't hide behind the media.  He has been protected by the media all of these years and finally had to answer some tough questions in which he did not have any answers.  This is the true Obama that some of us knew existed: Full of smoke and mirrors.



Billiejeens
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 8:58 AM
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Quoting ms-superwoman:

The most memorable part was Romney making himself look like a fool. Not only being rude and disrespectful but not giving any real answers.

You have to get past your bias if you are ever going to see anything accurately.

sammygrl77
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 8:59 AM
And don't forget the lies


Quoting ms-superwoman:

The most memorable part was Romney making himself look like a fool. Not only being rude and disrespectful but not giving any real answers.

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denise3680
by Silver Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 9:00 AM
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I agree with shimamab on this one.  I feel it was a calculated performance on OBamas part.  History shows that incumbent Presidents do nto do well on the first debate, this was no surprise.  I have been stating on this board and at home that people should not underestimate Romney, afterall he has been practicing for months now.  I thought Romney was aggressive and ready for a fight, but lacked any specifics on how in the world are you going to pay for huge tax cuts and it not effect the middle class or completely gut all programs there to assist people in need?  Obama made a mistake by saying we just need to tweek SS, it needs to be revamped.  I am very much looking forward to the next debate, hopefully Obama will be more on point and engage the tv audience more.  Hell, I did more challenging of what Romney was saying than the President:/  It appeared that Romeny was trying to fall into the center again, after running so far to the right.

BoysManDog
by Bronze Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 9:00 AM

 

"Disrespected him?"  You're joking, right?  What was Romney supposed to do?  Bow?  Oh, wait ... That's what Obama usually does ;)

 

Quoting AGals:

Yea right, Romney totally disrespected him. He was in shock.


Quoting AGals:

Yea right, Romney totally disrespected him. He was in shock.

 

 

Quoting pvtjokerus:

Obama has finally been challenged and couldn't hide behind the media.  He has been protected by the media all of these years and finally had to answer some tough questions in which he did not have any answers.  This is the true Obama that some of us knew existed: Full of smoke and mirrors.



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