Is this the beginning of the end or a temporary bump in the road?
âWhat a crowd! Man! Yeah! You sound like Republicans watching last night's debate. Oh, my gosh. Well, the consensus is Mitt Romney won the presidential debate last night. The only people that thought Obama won - the replacement refs. Those are the only onesâ
They're saying close to 60 million people may have watched the debate. In fact, the only person who didn't tune in, I think, was President Obama. What happened? Even Tony Romo was going, âWhat happened?â
"There is no red America! There is no blue America! There is only the America that can't believe how bad this guy did in the debate." âJon Stewart
You could tell what was going through Obamaâs mind the whole time â âShould I use a six iron or a seven ironâ?
"After months of buildup, last night was the first presidential debate at the University of Denver. Of course, a lot of big names didn't show up to the event -- Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, President Obama." -Jimmy Fallon
âClint Eastwood debated a chair. Romney debated a suitâ
"A lot of people disappointed in President Obama's performance last night. Last night, critics say President Obama spent too much time looking down at something on the podium. And today the president apologized and said, 'At the next debate, no more angry birds.'" âConan O'Brien
"President Obama talked last night about finding new sources of energy. He couldn't muster enough energy for the 90-minute debate. And to make matters worse, last night was his anniversary. The only way his wedding anniversary could have been worse was if he had forgotten it." âJay Leno
"At one point last night President said the one thing about being president is learning to say no -- especially when someone asks, 'Do you feel ready for this debate?'" âConan O'Brien
"It's like Obama wasn't even there. He hasn't done this poorly since he debated Clint Eastwood." âStephen Colbert
âYou could tell Obama was confused. He was thinking âWhat the hell, I thought I was debating Kerryââ
âItâs hard to believe that all of those appearances on âThe Viewâ didnât prepare him betterâ
Every the cover of The New Yorker is a drawing of Romney debating an empty chair.