Obama Says He Was ‘Just Too Polite’ at Debate
Oct 10, 2012 10:28am
Conceding that he failed to deliver at last weekâs debate, President Obama says he was âjust too politeâ and that voters should expect âa little more activityâ next week in round two.
In a radio interview on the âTom Joyner Morning Show,â Obama compared the presidential race to a seven-game basketball series in which he was ahead two-nothing and lost one game to Mitt Romney at the debate.
âYou have a seven-game series, weâre up two zero and we lose one,â he explained. âYou know, this is a long haul and I think that itâs very important for folks to make sure that they understand that as long as people stay focused, we will win this thing.â
âThe good news is thatâs just the first one,â the president said of last weekâs debate. âGovernor Romney put forward a whole bunch of stuff that either involved him running away from positions that he had taken or doubling down on things like Medicare vouchers that are going to hurt him long-term.
âKeep in mind, that the issues that are at stake for folks havenât changed,â he continued. âWeâve got millions of people whoâve got health care now because of our health care bill and they wonât have it if Mitt Romney is elected president. Youâve got young people who are getting Pell grants and help on their student loans and they wonât have it if we donât make sure that we win this election.â
âWeâve got four weeks left in the election and weâre going to take it to him,â Obama said.
The candidates face off again next Tuesday at the second presidential debate.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||10/10/2012|
I'll say this: At least we know it's bullshit that Dems and other supporters are apathetic. We want Obama to fight and take this motherfucker down.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||10/10/2012|
Well, Obama is and has been running almost all negative ads ever since he launched the "Chief Outsourcer" series
Perhaps he should run on his record. After all, a good, strong record from a known quantity (Obama) should defeat anything a new candidate can say, shouldn't it?
Presumably, all of the polling is showing that Obama can't run on his record; otherwise, Axelrod (who is smart) would be doing so
So, the root of the problem isn't that Obama is too nice. The issue is that his record doesn't broadly resonate with the voters.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||10/10/2012|
He WAS too polite. I remember at one point, before he gave his answer, Obama said, "I know Mr Romney, that you care about education..."??? He was being polite, but WTF? Romney does not give two shits about education! Romney has so much you could hang him on - Obama better get him next time.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||10/10/2012|
He should know that Americans don't want polite. They want a bullying, loudmouthed asshole.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||10/10/2012|
We don't need Hamlet. We need Henry the 5th. Fight, Obama. Don't sit on your ass.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||10/10/2012|
He choked. We all saw it. I was waiting for him to go in for the kill and eviscerate him but he just didn't. He better step up his game or we're all fucked.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||10/10/2012|
He's still winning, R2, So I guess not.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||10/10/2012|
It's a sad commentary on our country when Obama's civility and honestly are considered weaknesses and Romney's lying ass is lauded.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||10/10/2012|
[quote] It's a sad commentary on our country when Obama's civility and honestly are considered weaknesses and Romney's lying ass is lauded.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||10/10/2012|
Agree with R8. What was frustrating was that when Romney changed the rules of the debate, Obama did not respond.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||10/10/2012|
Do you think he will kill him in the next debate?
|by Anonymous||reply 12||10/10/2012|
Correction: Honesty, not honestly
|by Anonymous||reply 13||10/10/2012|
LOL!!! What he gon do? Bust a cap in they ass nex time?
|by Anonymous||reply 14||10/10/2012|
People are acting like he stomped on puppies on live TV. It could have been something as simple as he didn't feel well. He's human but they are never going to say that as to make it appear The President Of The United States is weak.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||10/10/2012|
He wasn't too polite, he was too seemingly indifferent...and stammering.
He doesn't have to be impolite, just quick and direct with an ability to deliver an answer that exhibits conviction and knowledge.
Ask an expert on anything about the subject of their expertise and the words flow forth effortlessly and convey a deep understanding and appreciation of the subject; they don't have to be polite (or impolite) or posture, the expert just has to open his mouth and let his expertise do the work. Obama seemed indifferent, off guard, unsure, as though he'd rather have been anywhere else doing anything else.
Obama can give a fine speech or informal presentation, but not always, not even all that often. Too many times he's stammering and seemingly distracted, and the first debate he was both in the extreme. Had he appeared even half engaged, half interested, or half confident, the outcome would have been entirely in his favor; he doesn't have to come out fighting or do anything clever to achieve that - he just needs to be "in the moment."
|by Anonymous||reply 17||10/10/2012|
There is no whining and crying in politics
|by Anonymous||reply 18||10/10/2012|
Eh.. that was half of it. The other half, and Obama probably knows it: politeness aside, Obama came across unusually listless and disengaged. He looked down at his notes a lot, where Romney looked directly across at Obama and at the media cameras. Whether we like it or not, the presidential debates are partly about the actual questions/issues and partly about theatrical presentation of "presidential-ness." And we want the candidates to demonstrate that they hunger for the job, they actually want to win this thing. Obama didn't bring his best self to the debate. It was his weakest media appearance to date. Like most of us in here, I hope and pray he brings a stronger, more confident, more debate-ready President Obama to the next one.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||10/10/2012|
Well Obama better have the dates and the quotes ready if he is going to challenge Romeny's lies, otherwise it'll be "he said/he said" both of them calling liar.
I want Biden to get so rough with Ryan that he pisses ryan off and forces him to leave the stage. That spoiled little Frat boy needs a foot shoved up his ass. I want Biden to kick some serious ass, call him out, belittle him and rough him up.
I want Biden to draw blood. No one likes Ryan. Even the Repub;licans say he isn't polling well with voters. Too smug. So if Biden bloddies Ryan Joe will look heroic. If Ryan bloodies Biden Ryan will look like a bully, but Biden might look inept.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||10/10/2012|
I say: Obama, get your shit together!
|by Anonymous||reply 22||10/10/2012|
Maybe he had the flu, it is going around you know.
I wonder how the candidates don't catch every bug floating around when they must shke 5000 hands a day.
But they can never admit they are sick for some reason.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||10/10/2012|
I agree with R8 and also let me add that if he seemed tired, unlike Romney he still has a day job besides campaigning.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||10/10/2012|
It shouldn't be hard to smackdown a lying, unprincipled scumbag like Romney - Obama just has to prepare for anything the fucker will try to throw at hi and really speak forcefully about how damaging a Romney presidency will be for ordinary people.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||10/10/2012|
Obama should throw everything back.
Truth is on his side, but some Americans don't care about the truth.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||10/10/2012|
He needs to take a few notes from Clinton on how you can destroy your opponent in a happy, non-aggressive way by just sticking to the facts and going through the laundry list of Republican fuck ups and misguided ideas. And Clinton does it with a smile on his face.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||10/10/2012|
Exactly R27, I hope Team Obama is looking into that strategy.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||10/10/2012|
Obama came across the way that I would want someone like him to come across, like a community leader. Romney came across like a lying shyster, not at all someone I would vote for.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||10/10/2012|
Be ironic as hell if this president loses for being not ENOUGH of a 6-letter word.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||10/10/2012|
R19/Torta: you touch on something I've been wondering about - does Obama WANT it enough. Perhaps, subconciously: not. Being president is a rough gig (oversimplifying here, but am sure everyone knows that I mean. Just looking at pix of almost every modern president: this office WAY ages them.)
R23: Dear God, one cannot use the flu, even if legit, for an excuse with these high stakes. You're verging close to the Nixon-lost-because-of-5'o clock-ahadow-in-debates-with-Kennedy, here (which is probably before your time? sorry; I'm old)
Pres's can get the flu; just can't let it - show. Not fair but way it is.
Finally, "style over substance" ofen, unfortunately, triumphs. Fingers crossed for Obama (hey, there's a slogan, perhaps.>??!)
|by Anonymous||reply 31||10/10/2012|
Ryan will have his way with the old plagiarist denture hair-plug fake smile Social Security pandering douche.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||10/10/2012|
Does anyone doubt R32 makes almost no money and has family on the dole?
|by Anonymous||reply 34||10/10/2012|