Last night, one Facebooker said that “after tonight, Obama will probably vote for Romney.” This was Romney’s night and it was not Obama’s.
Romney’s body language was forceful, dynamic, direct, honest, forthcoming. President Obama’s presentation was weak. He seemed disengaged, did not appear to want to be there and kept looking down, smirking and scowling. He relied on talking points but Governor Romney elevated the debate to more substantive issues.
President Obama rambled and lost me at times. He tried to rely on Clinton’s accomplished record and he did fall back on blaming Bush. Mitt Romney reminded him he has been in office for almost four years and he is responsible.
One of the best lines was when Obama claimed that businesses get tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas, Romney responded, “I’ve been in business for 25 years, and I have no idea what you’re talking about…”
Obama claimed he cut taxes. In actuality, he took 2% out of social security.
Obama demonized insurance companies, Donald Trump, corporate jet owners, and Wall St. which Romney handled exceptionally well. Obama talked about his perceived accomplishments in education, but, has anyone looked at Detroit or Chicago lately, or D.C. schools for that matter? They graduate half of their students, same as four years ago.
Obama tried to claim that he saved $716 billion in waste and fraud in Medicare but Romney called him on it. In reality. President Obama cut future payments to Obamacare to the tune of $716 billion to pay for Medicare.
Romney handled Obamacare questions masterfully and reminded Obama about the IPAB which is a rogue government of fifteen “experts” appointed by the Executive Branch with no oversight by Congress and who will decide when the money is cut for every healthcare intervention. They are answerable to no one, have unlimited funds, and can raise taxes. That really doesn’t sound more inviting than the evil insurance companies whom I can sue. There is no judicial review on the totalitarian decisions made by IPAB.
Co-blogger, Dell Hill, said that one commentator at MSDNC announced that Obama planned to lose this debate as part of a “rope-a-dope” strategy. Wow, what a strategy. Why didn’t Romney think of that one.
Lots of luck making that believable.
Nancy Pelosi, ever delusional, was pleased with Obama’s performance.
Even Bill Maher noticed Obama’s problems during this debate judging from these tweets:
Obama made a lot of great points tonight. Unfortunately, most of them were for Romney