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  •  Let's face it Obama's a bad debater (1+ / 0-)
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    He does not speak very well when unscripted, he tends to stammer, pause, use unusually long-winded pedantic sentences. None of these are signs of a good debater. At a debate one has think his your feet, be alert and speak well.

    However, what was really astounding to me was that he did not bother interjecting when his opponent was being factually wrong and misrepresenting his record. This can mean one of two things: either he was just trying to be the nice guy, or insulated in the bubble of inner advisers he does not keep up with the facts of his administration.

    Most of the lies that Romney spouted are conservative misinformation that are being spewed everyday on Fox News, and other right-wing news agencies. Romney did not make any new claims (other than reinventing himself). So either Obama's inner circle basically asked him to be this way (e.g. not even bringing up the 47% comment, that is debating and political malpractice of the highest order. If his advisers had indeed told him not to bring it up and wait for the moderator to do so, they all of them need to reassess their roles after this debacle), or his debate preparers did not prep him on all the urban myths and arm him with the facts.

    In either case it was a horrendous performance. As an ex-debater myself it was positively gag-inducing. Obama needs to listen less to Jim Messina & Valerie Jarrett and more to people like Bill Clinton and learn a thing or two about representing facts (and oodles of them) and debating from the former president. Heck even John Kerry would be a much better alternative to any of the clowns who prepped him the first time around.

    "Mr Obama wishes to be president of a country that does not exist. In his fantasy US, politicians bury differences in bipartisan harmony."

    by tarheel74 on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 06:25:41 PM PDT

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