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  •  I agree with you. (16+ / 0-)

    It was a tie until the punditry declared it the greatest debate victory of all time.

    However - I am hoping the President's men don't force some sort of unnatural aggression on him.  Certainly he can turn up the heat and I think he learned his lesson on looking down at his notes.  But I for one don't want a "new Obama," I like the professor I elected just fine.

    Still enjoying my stimulus package.

    by Kevvboy on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 08:16:55 PM PDT

    •  Even Obama says otherwise (10+ / 0-)
      LOS ANGELES -- President Barack Obama has a new critic of his debate performance – himself.

      Speaking at a celebrity-led fundraiser at the Nokia Theatre, Obama came on stage after performances by such singers as Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi and Stevie Wonder and remarks by actor George Clooney. He marveled at how they are able to perform flawlessly night after night and then said, quote, "I can't always say the same."

      The Obama surrogates knew they'd lost the debate that night and made no bones about saying so, which is unusual.

    •  Me too, look at what the campaign did to Al Gore (16+ / 0-)

      when they forced him to watch the sighing skit on SNL.  The next debate is a town hall meeting. Far be it for me to give advice to the President, but if he were asking my opinion, I think if he is going to be agressive and call Romney out for any more lies, he should do it with humor, he does this very well, I love his sense of humor and I think others do too. It is charming and it will certianly throw Romney off his game, you know he is expecting anger and who know what else, I don't think he will expect to mocked, and mocked is what he should be.

    •  I knew Obama lost the debate right away (10+ / 0-)

      I also talk like Obama.  It drove my wife crazy for years and years until I learned how to have an engaging discussion.

      But I don't think that Obama's problem was how he discusses things with people.  It's that he wasn't supposed to be having a discussion.  He was supposed to be WINNING a DEBATE.  

      And he CAN do that JUST FINE when he applies himself to debate.  I know he can, because I saw him debate John Stewart on the Daily Show when Jon said that he thought Obama had not lived up to his promise of audacity.  

      And there's the times Obama would defend himself from accusations from the left for having made compromises.  Mr Nice Guy disappeared and in his place was a glimmer of that guy in the picture while Osama was being taken out.  The guy with the clenched jaw and razor sharp focus.  He's in there.  We just don't get to see him all that often in public.

      I can sit down and have a thoughtful conversation with someone about just about anything.  But when a discussion becomes a debate... there is a change inside of me.  I stop thinking about how to understand someone and their point of view and everything inside of me focuses on taking down their point of view and shoving my point of view down their throat.  

      That is what Obama needs to do at the next debate.  He will be at a town hall, so, to the people who ask questions he needs to be nice, but when he challenges Romney, the nice genial guy who likes to have a good discussion needs to be pushed aside by the guy who sent the Seals to get Osama and who told the left that not everyone reads the New York Times and told Jon that if he thinks that passing health reform didn't count for audacious then he needs to talk to every other president who tried and failed for a century.  

      Obama has got the killer instinct.  He just needs to use it.  Romney is a bully who is full of shit and if Obama goes for his throat he can take him down in a dramatic way that shows the American people the difference between the guy who would have let GM die and the guy who avenged 911.  One is a poser and the other is the goddamn president of the united states.

      so long and thanks for all the fish

      by Anton Bursch on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 09:18:21 PM PDT

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    •  If you weight style and substance equally (5+ / 0-)

      It was a draw. If you weight style 99% like the media and the American public, it was clearly a loss.

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