President Obama gives his first reaction to last night’s debate. {Video}

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on Oct 4, 2012
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A rebuttal (a day late).

Well, he’s got some juice today. It’s been much remarked that he seemed a bit tired, flat, patient, even passive in the first debate—perhaps ’cause he’s got something of a day job, and a war broke out that he had to deal with, yesterday. Or perhaps he just wasn’t expecting a full frontal, enthusiastic assault on the fact.

That’s not me being partisan, that’s me being partisan based on the facts of what both gentlemen have said they’d do.

“When I got on the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney.”

“Don’t boo, vote” So awesome.

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15 Responses to “President Obama gives his first reaction to last night’s debate. {Video}”

  1. solfulsoul says:

    Is this seriously how we evaluate "future leaders"? His ability to talk smack (not even to his face) and pomp?

  2. Mark Ledbetter says:

    But an appropriate criticism.

    As a person who likes (like personally, definitely not politically) Barack Obama, I have a feeling that even Obama thought today's response, as well as the need to make today's response, was pretty stupid. He did it only because he actually agrees with solfulsoul's evaluation, ie, he understands how we choose our "leaders" and feels forced to play the game, ridiculous though the game is.

    Maybe the problem is that we are choosing a "leader". The Constitution imagines a government where we actually don't need a leader, which is why they chose what was, at the time, a VERY non-leader-like and actually rather silly title: president. But now we need a leader, so we vote for the best verbal boxer. Which is why there is so much anticipation for the debates, and why the underdog, when he scores a victory, gets a bump in the polls. And why the loser feels he must come back the next day an throw a few more punches.

    Btw, nothing particularly wrong with remaining anonymous.

  3. Heather Morton Heather says:

    What I fear is that people who are easily taken by slick, nice looking and attractive speaks 'could' be taken in my Romney. I agree that Obama seemed flat but he also seemed real.

    In this day and age often people mistake the former for the latter. Certainly Obama comes from a more humble beginning and is more in touch with what is happening. Many of Romney's comments don't 'seem' like they come from him but a second-handed thing he might have incorporated to sound good (perhaps coming from Ann).

    well, let's see.

  4. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Colin and Ben got me thinking…

    Politics doesn't actually have to be a boxing match where we choose leaders and use 'best boxer, dirty or not' as our standard of leadership. Take Switzerland, an important model to the writers of the US Constitution, and a model that, unlike America, stayed on the small decentralized, non-militaristic course that made it America's model.

    Power in Swtz is, first of all, diffused. Taxes and local policies in general are decided at the local level. Central govt's power is kept severely limited, making aggressive warfare next to impossible. Since there isn't much power at the center, there isn't much motivation for the power hungry to covet the presidency or for verbal boxing to be the standard by which they choose, or for the president to even be thought of as a leader. Did you know that even many Swiss (so I have heard) don't know who their president is? That sort of irrelevancy is something like what the "founding fathers" had in mind for America. Important national issues are all decided by referendum, ie by all the people, not by the president or even the legislature.

    Ben ponders, what if another Obama were running against another Obama. Near impossible to find two such politicians, but I imagine Obama against Ron Paul would work. Then you would have a debate of consequence, one where the point is not scoring knock out punches or trying to win, but simply talking the issues and then letting people choose based on the issues. Obama and Paul are far apart on the issues so there would be plenty to talk about. On the other hand, it wouldn't be a boxing match so maybe not too many people would watch.

    Ben points out, "America is fooled by corruption again." Yep. Doesn't matter who the president is. Corruption will always win. That's an immutable fact of human politics if you have immense power located in a political entity. Corruption WILL win. No way around it except to severely chain the power of the govt. As our lost and long forgotten constitution intended.

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