Romney Wins Debate - The Obama's Have Dinner

My sense of how the Obama's 20th Anniversary dinner must have gone, or at least
how they might have felt after a debate trouncing - a thoroughly embarrassing evening.
By any standard, Mitt Romney was the clear winner in the first presidential debate for the 2012 election. Even CNN's poll gave Obama a mere 25% vote as winner. Considering 12% of the population believes that Elvis Presley is still alive, that leaves a whopping 13% of ostensibly rational Americans who saw Obama was the winner.

Most importantly, of the independent/undecided voters who watched the debate, 78% were swayed toward Romney, with 11% still undecided. I must admit I don't understand how it is the undecided folk are still on the fence, but at least the vast majority appear to be moving in one direction - Romney.

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Besides Romney demonstrating he had a better grasp of the issues and was the more decisive candidate of the two contenders, Obama suffered from aesthetics (either that or he's not yet grasped the fundamentals taught by his debate coaches). While Romney was respectful, giving Obama his full attention when he spoke, Obama stared down at his lectern, scribbling down notes, shaking his head and making disgruntled expressions. Then, when Obama spoke (which he consumed considerably more time than Romney), he lacked energy and conviction. The typical person on the street said they felt he was passionless, flat, off his game. week, and slow.

From my perspective, it was not that President Obama was ill prepared or that his delivery was flawed, but rather he lost because he was equipped with ideas that don't work. The ideas Romney shared, on the other hand, were purposeful, practical and powerful - and everyone watching could discern the differences, unmistakeably.

Obama was glued to his lectern taking notes.
Talking heads were quick to cite there was no one memorable zingers - I could not agree more. There was not a single momentous occasion but rather a dozen or more. Probably my favorite line was when Romney cited an amusing reference about his five sons, who he said made him use "to people saying something that's not always true but just keep on repeating it and ultimately hoping I'll believe it."

The general consensus of of debate was that it was void of any nasty asides to score points and was an extremely respectful and polite evening. I agree. However, this does not mean Romney's words and ideas did not strike deep, penetrating hearts and marrow. 

By all accounts, Romney not only scored more debate points, but there was a particular series of lines which were widely reported as the highlights of the evening, especially among independent voters:
  • As president, I will sit down on day one, actually the day after I get elected, I'll sit down with the Democratic leaders, as well as Republican leaders....The reason I'm in this race is there are people who are really hurting today in this country. And we face this deficit that could crush the future generations....What's happening in the Middle East, there are developments around the world that are a real concern. And both Republicans and Democrats both love America but we need to have leadership - leadership in Washington that will actually bring people together and get the job done and I could not care less if it's the Republican or the Democrat. I've done it before, I'll do it again.
Other comments that scored big:
  • Under the president's policies, middle income Americans have been buried - they're just being crushed. I just don't know how the president could have come into office, facing 23 million people out of work, rising unemployment, an economic crises at the kitchen table, and spend his energy and passion for two years fighting for Obama-care instead of fighting for jobs for the American people.
  • Look, I've been in business for 25 years - I have no idea what you're talking about. I may need to get a new accountant, but the idea you get a break for shipping jobs overseas is simply not the case.
  • Mr. President, you're entitled to your own airplane and your own house, but you're not entitled to your own facts.
  • But don’t forget, you put $90 billion, like 50 years’ worth of breaks, into - into solar and wind, to Solyndra and Fisker and Tester and Ener1. I mean, I had a friend who said you don’t just pick the winners and losers, you pick the losers.
All things considered, the evening was grand slam for Romney, while with antiquated ideas President Obama came to pitch were a poorly played. I actually began to feel sorry for Obama, who seemed as if he was way over his head, not quite knowing what was going on or what hit him. I like the man personally, so it's hard to see him get beaten so handily. 

It also struck me that President Obama's defeat could not have helped to make for a relaxing, romantic evening, celebrating this 20th Wedding Anniversary with his lovely bride, Michele. I cannot imaging how difficult it must have been to look across the table and smile after a disappointing debate, which frankly, was an embarrassment. 

Even Bill Maher tweeted, "I can't believe I'm saying this, but Obama looks like he DOES need a teleprompter." Add to this, Ed Schultz tweeted, "President Barack Obama was off his game. I was absolutely stunned tonight." Ouch! When extreme lefties such as these two are airing their condolences for a deplorable showing, you know that you're tush was just handed to you.

Fortunately for President Obama, there are still two debates to go. Unfortunately, in between now and the next one is the Vice Presidential debates. You know the Obama team has to be shaking when considering the likely outcome. They've got to be praying not only that Paul Ryan makes an horrendous gaffe, but that Joe Biden sits on his tongue the entire evening. We'll see. 

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