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Obama Flunked The First Debate. But Why?

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For all the disagreements aired during Wednesday night’s presidential debate, there was very little dispute about who won. Mitt Romney clobbered President Barack Obama, perhaps more with his demeanor than with his discussion of the issues, as FORBES Leadership Editor Fred Allen wrote in his post, “Who Won the Debate in Terms of Temperament?”

Anyone can have a bad day (for more about that read Simon North’s recent guest post). But that’s not enough to explain Obama’s lack of energy and concentration. Sheer adrenaline should have been enough to get him through the debate. His job is on the line. He’s had plenty of practice with public speaking. He’s experienced in the Oval Office. Yet he seemed shaken and very unpresidential.

What the heck happened? Regardless of their political convictions, that’s the question Americans are still asking around the office water cooler; on TV and radio talk shows; and at social gatherings. These are some of the theories circulating.

He doesn’t really want to be President anymore. This would explain his apparent lack of conviction. Both history and common sense suggest that it’s very hard to give up the Oval Office by choice. The last president to do that was Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881) who had announced in advance that he would serve only one term. All the other one-term presidents since then–Benjamin Harrison, William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush–lost their jobs to challengers.

Still, being president is an enormously difficult position, and once the novelty wore off, one couldn’t blame Barack Obama for hating it. Among other things, he took office just as the Great Recession was starting, and it was inevitable that he would not be able to turn around the economy in a single term. One wonders whether he is unconsciously sabotaging his own election because he has such mixed emotions about the job.

He got too used to people saying “yes” to him. This seems unlikely. Sure, every president — and many corporate leaders too — surround themselves with staff who will kowtow to them. (See my post, Obama’s Leadership Lesson: Hire People ‘To Tell You The Truth.’”) But this theory overlooks Obama’s understanding of electoral politics. He’s too much of a realist to think that he’s infallible or to underestimate Mitt Romney.

He was distracted by a secret matter involving national security. There seemed to be something profoundly wrong Wednesday night. This is as good a possibility as any. The assassination of Osama bin Laden, conducted in secret on Obama’s watch, reminds us that we are never fully aware of what’s going on behind the scenes in our government.

He was distracted by a personal crisis. This is another strong possibility. Obama’s affection for his wife Michelle and their daughters is obvious. A serious family problem could easily shake him up. At the beginning of the debate, he mentioned his wedding anniversary. It was sappy and sentimental, but also out of place. He and Michelle are hardly newlyweds–they’ve been married for 20 years. Was this anniversary especially emotional because there’s trouble on the home front?

The debate format favored Romney’s style. No question about that, but Obama should have been capable of holding his own. Instead, at times it seemed like the slick businessman was trampling a college professor who had never been out of the ivory tower. Obama needed Jim Lehrer, the moderator, to rescue him.

Romney was better prepared. His delivery gave that impression, but it might have been a case of form over substance. Obama was at least as well versed on the issues, but his tentative demeanor that night detracted from his message.

The next presidential debate is on Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. It will have a different format — a town hall meeting in which members of the audience can ask questions. Seeing the candidates in that setting will inevitably shed some light on the differences between them. But it may not get us any closer to solving this week’s head-scratcher.

(Forbes)

by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 4:07 PM
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LIMom1105
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

This is hysterical, you do not consider the President of the United States a job?  I guess not.  By that estimation, I suppose Romney is seeking to be on the dole along with his 47%--get paid to do nothing.

Romney has been campaigning since 08 too--it's the nature of the beast. Anyone who wants to be President needs to start early.  And other than campaigning, he hasn't done much else, has he?

Quoting PeeperSqueak:

LOL....BO doesn't know what a "job" is, he's never had one. And he hasn't stopped campaigning since he's been in the White House.....much less be a President

Perhaps he was late due to trying out for a game show ?

Quoting LIMom1105:

Quoting PeeperSqueak:

All of the above....also I'm sure it was really uncomfortable for BO to be face to face with Romney.  BO's been telling all these lies about him and now had to face the lies head on.

I had heard BO only arrived a few hours before the debate....guess he was just so sure of himself.




And Romney must be a pathological liar by your estimation, because he has told some WHOPPERS, and he didn't bat an eye.

Maybe he only arrived a few hours early because he has a job, unlike Romney who has been campaigning for years.



PeeperSqueak
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Oh I do consider being the President of the United States a job.....however BO is not doing his job as the President.....he's been a pathological liar, very divisive and an entertainer among other things....NOT a President of the United States of America.

I think Romney will take the job of President seriously enough to turn things around.  He wasn't my first choice tho....but he'll have to do.  I'd vote for a can of soda before BO....!


Quoting LIMom1105:

This is hysterical, you do not consider the President of the United States a job?  I guess not.  By that estimation, I suppose Romney is seeking to be on the dole along with his 47%--get paid to do nothing.

Romney has been campaigning since 08 too--it's the nature of the beast. Anyone who wants to be President needs to start early.  And other than campaigning, he hasn't done much else, has he?

Quoting PeeperSqueak:

LOL....BO doesn't know what a "job" is, he's never had one. And he hasn't stopped campaigning since he's been in the White House.....much less be a President

Perhaps he was late due to trying out for a game show ?

Quoting LIMom1105:

Quoting PeeperSqueak:

All of the above....also I'm sure it was really uncomfortable for BO to be face to face with Romney.  BO's been telling all these lies about him and now had to face the lies head on.

I had heard BO only arrived a few hours before the debate....guess he was just so sure of himself.




And Romney must be a pathological liar by your estimation, because he has told some WHOPPERS, and he didn't bat an eye.

Maybe he only arrived a few hours early because he has a job, unlike Romney who has been campaigning for years.




7SportsMom7
by Bronze Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 6:50 PM

heard something the other day that rang true to me ... Romeny supporters are looking to vote for someone to be President.  Obama supporters are part of a fan club for a celebrity.  


SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 7:06 PM
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1) Obama was not prepared (told reporters earlier in the week, "They want me to study.") Apparently Pres. Obama did not want to study. He also was not used to anyone disagreeing with him. Holds fewer press conferences than his predecessors.

2) Obama has a terrible record to defend. So bad that he has people cook the unemployment number books.

Jambo4
by Gold Member on Oct. 7, 2012 at 12:20 AM

BUMP!

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