Even Pro-Obama Media Says Romney Wins Debate
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Oct 3, 2012, 10:33 PM

Abuse Teleprompter.jpgPresident Barack Obama’s debate performance in Denver was so terrible that even the Mainstream Media has declared GOP nominee Mitt Romney as the undisputed winner.

Well, wait until GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan debates Vice President Joe Biden, and Obama may soon need to start packing to return to his hometown Chicago where he can find employment as a community activist again.

Politico reports that, “it had been nearly 1,400 days since Barack Obama strode onto a debate stage – and it showed in a major way Wednesday at the first presidential debate of 2012.”

Obama struggled in the debate since he was not permitted to use his beloved teleprompter to provide him with rebuttals. The President has grown accustomed to avoiding questions from hard news media, because he only grants exclusive interviews to Women’s fashion magazines. White House aides also enforce a policy in which reporters must get Obama’s approval on quotes before articles get published.

According to Politico, “Obama, who has spent most of the past four years speaking to hand-picked interviews or lecturing audiences required to remain mostly mute while he spoke, struggled to shake off the rust in a jostling debate environment that gave opponent Mitt Romney parity, equal time – and a new lease on political life.”

Florida GOP Chairman Al Cardenas said, “it’s a tremendous progress for Mitt. My sense is the race is practically tied now. By next week when you wake up, you’ll see Mitt probably forging ahead in a few of those swing states that are pretty close now. And so the president is going to have to re-evaluate what his strategy is going to be.”

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written by Jonathan Green , October 04, 2012

Romney bore the burden of changing the trajectory of the race. After all, the American people already have four years of information about Barack Obama and can judge his performance in office. By contrast, Romney was relatively unknown, and much of what the people learned about him since he clinched the Republican nomination was unfavorable. Obama would win the first debate if he didn’t lose it, while Romney would lose if he didn’t win it. And if Romney was seen as the loser, many undecided and weakly committed voters might not give him another chance. Evidence points to three basic facts about the 2012 election: a narrow majority of the population is at least willing to consider replacing President Obama; the condition of the economy is overwhelming the most important issue; and as the first presidential debate began, Mitt Romney had not persuaded the people that he would be an acceptable replacement for Obama, let alone preferable as the occupant of the Oval Office. The bottom line: I think Romney did himself considerable good during the first debate. I would not be surprised to learn that a majority of the American people think he won it outright. At the very least, he vastly exceeded expectations. I suspect that over the next week, the public opinion surveys will show a significantly narrowing of the gap between President Obama and his reenergized challenger.

written by George , October 04, 2012

OBama must have taken lessions from the Jesuits dealing with the media, "The sounds of Silence." Obama alone with the Jesuits have the pattern to keep the truth from the public and the problems never get resolved and become bigger.

written by K. D. , October 05, 2012

With a majority-Liberal Media, the public has not received the news that Obama is an "empty suit". The debate verifies what mny Americans have known for a long time, Obama has never been presidential material. The media bias does America an absolute disservice!

written by Donn C. Irving , October 07, 2012

When someone states they don't know Romney, I ask how much do you really know about Obama. At best, the public knows only what Obama repeats about himself, and when one analyzes his words against a backdrop of other sources, to me, he sounds totally contrived.


written by emily , October 09, 2012

Noted Lincoln expert believes Obama won the first presidential debate.

Most pundits, left and right, say Romney won the first presidential debate. But not Gene Griessman, author of Lincoln and Obama, a new book that examines similarities between the 16th and 44th presidents.

Griessman sees a parallel between the Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858 and the 2012 debate between Obama and Romney.

Here are Griessman's comments:

The debate formats and issues were different, but there are striking similarities.

For one, a lot of people thought Douglas won those debates. We revere Lincoln today, and want to believe that Lincoln demolished Douglas. But that was not the perception at the time.

Stephen Douglas was a feared and formidable debater--confident and powerful. Even when Douglas misstated facts, or when an opponent landed a blow on him, Douglas didn't show it.

But Douglas made some statements about slavery in those debates that upset many voters, and hurt him badly in his presidential race. And we know who won that race, don't we!

History has repeated itself.

Romney, during the debate, was concise and self-confident. Obama was almost deferential. Incidentally, people said the same thing about the way Lincoln spoke to Douglas.

But Obama said nothing that will cost him votes, and Romney did.

For example, Romney attacked PBS and Big Bird. Romney promised he would end government subsidies of a few hundred million dollars to public television--a fraction of less than one percent of the federal budget--while defending government subsidies of billions to Big Oil.

That will certainly cost him some votes, maybe quite a few votes.

Extremists in the Republican Party don't understand that millions of Americans love--cherish--public television and public radio, so they don't see it as a problem.

But it is a problem for Romney, who already is in a world of trouble with Latinos, blacks, and women. Now PBS is another issue for Romney to deal with.

Already there are bumper stickers saying Save Big Bird.

Here's the bottom line.

Virtually all Americans have already made up their minds. No Obama haters have decided to vote for Obama because of the debate, and no Obama supporters have decided to vote for Romney because Romney had a good night.

Obama may not have gained any votes, but he said nothing that will cost him votes.

So, the only change will be among those who have not yet made up their minds--moderates and independents, many of whom love public television and public radio. Those are votes that Romney needs, and a new issue that he does not need.

Gene Griessman is a sociologist and creator of a one-man play "Lincoln Live." An excerpt from the book and additional similarities are at www.lincolnandobama.com.

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