Despite the best efforts of the now-weeping liberal press, he was finally right out in the open.
This was the first real debate Obama ever had with someone who dared to defend himself and to question not just Obama’s ideas, but also his dismal economic record — the worst of any president in the postwar era.
The media have instead focused on distorting Romney’s beliefs and record as a leader and successful businessman. Any wonder that Obama leads in the polls?
So the 60 million TV viewers tuning in to the debate were no doubt surprised at what they saw: A thin-skinned, ill-prepared, smirking, at times bored president, who stumbled over his own words and didn’t seem to have answers for Romney’s laserlike ripostes.
For the first time, Americans saw the real Barack Obama — not the one the media invented, elevated and subsequently protected from all scrutiny.
And who is this real Barack Obama?
A man with a murky, leftist past who never ran anything in his life, and whose lackluster state and U.S. senatorial career is characterized by “voted present.”
A man who distrusts business, the backbone of job creation, and seems to believe higher taxes and more government spending lead to greater economic growth — something no legitimate economist would agree with.
Romney took advantage of this to punch big holes in the myth of Obama as a successful president.
And in the process, just might have put the final nail in the coffin the Enemy Media’s credibility will now be buried in.
Update! Oh, fuck you, asshole. Just…fuck you. Racistracistracistracist. Fuck. You. But by all means, keep saying it. Let everybody get a good look at the disgusting true nature of modern “liberalism.”
Who would have thought that Barack Obama would come off as the candidate with a hollow core?
Anybody who’s been paying attention and has a lick of fucking sense, that’s who. Because that’s exactly what he is, and what he’s always been.
Yet there he was, giving a presentation devoid of substance, vision, principle, or even basic coherence. He didn’t show a spark of anger, even when Romney slyly found a way to call him a boy, comparing Obama’s statements to the sorts of childish lies his “five boys” used to tell.
How the right’s hard-core racists must have howled at that! Mitt, at long last, has secured his base.
Jeff has a lot more to say in response to this diseased twat, but I’m sticking with: FUCK. YOU. And the spavined nag you rode in on, too.
Updated update! Some of the usual astute analysis from Sen Blutarsky:
The upside, from Obama’s perspective, of his performance on Wednesday night, was that it kept his natural churlishness in check. He smirked, and offered other tells, but mostly you had to be looking for them in order to notice. In going after Mitt Romney aggressively, Obama risks showing Americans a side of his personality that he’d be better off hiding.
Simply put, Barack Obama is a smug prick. He is not used to being challenged, and is prone to react badly when it happens. The more effectively he conceals this, the better off he’ll be, but he is now under pressure to adopt a debate posture that risks highlighting it.
In this way, the town hall format of the second debate may work to his disadvantage. Obama may be disciplined enough to refrain from ad hominem attacks on Romney directly. But will he be able to resist inserting them into answers to the voters’ town hall questions? And once he goes on the attack, will he remain sufficiently self-disciplined to avoid revealing his inner Marxist?
In the first debate, Romney took the battle to Obama with great success. In the second debate, Romney needs to adapt to Obama’s heightened aggression and be prepared not only to parry more attacks, but to invite certain lines of attack that can be used to make Obama seem angry, extreme, or just generally less presidential.
I predict that this is just what will happen.
Seems like a pretty fair bet to me, too. I mean, what’s his alternative? To be more moderate and milquetoast-bland? To gaze even more longingly at his shoes whenever Romney calls him out on another lie? He just about has to go nasty, and that’s one thing–probably the only thing–he’s really good at. But all those nitwits out there who keep his numbers high in the “likeability” indexes (assuming they even exist–which, given the mug’s game the polls have become, is a pretty broad leap) ain’t gonna like it much.
I almost forgot to include this gem:
The Vice-Presidential debate may never take place, as the prospect of debating Paul Ryan may well cause Joe Biden to rationally decide instead to commit seppuku. And of the debate does take place, the end result is likely to be about the same as if he had: Biden’s entrails scattered across the floor.
Either way, we all win.
Been saying it for years update! The Diplomad weighs in:
President Obama got demolished by Governor Romney. He came off as an inept, ideological, lazy second-rate tenured university professor who has no need for concern about his employment.
He also came off as a coward. Yes, a coward. He is used to having others do his hit jobs for him; used to hurling insults and slanders from a distance, and then retreating behind his “charm,” smile, and silky voice. He is not used to face-to-face confrontation. He is not used to having the man he has insulted and lied about standing a few feet away. He was clearly intimidated by Romney, and let himself be dominated.
I think, my two cents, this is why he did not use the “47%” issue: he feared raising it directly with Romney and having to endure Romney’s counterattack. He is a coward. He couldn’t look Romney in the eye.
I kept wondering, what if instead of the genteel and civilized Romney standing a few feet away it had been the steely-eyed gangster Putin or the Iranian madman Ahmadinejad?
What I keep wondering, in a saddened, what-might-have-been kind of way, is what if instead of Romney it had been Gingrich? Love Gingrich or hate him, there wouldn’t have been enough of Ogabe left to bother vacuuming up. And how much more delicious would it have been to have “liberals” weeping, wailing, and gnashing their teeth because of a guy they hate as bad as they do ol’ Newt?