You think the U.S. media is in total meltdown? Get a load at the view from abroad, where the observers apparently don’t service the administration before their readers.
There’s no need to detain ourselves with any questions over who won last night’s first television debate: the President was trounced. Curiously for a man capable of inspiring a generation, and running the most effective political campaign in History, Barack Obama knows how to look completely uninterested in politics. Indeed, the lugubrious, professorial suit who turned up yesterday looked and sounded like Andrew Mitchell after a bad day at work, short on patience, condescending and out of touch.
A bad day at work? When was the last time he merely had a day at work?
MITT Romney scored an easy win over Barack Obama in their first televised presidential debate just five weeks before US voters go to the polls, according to results of an early opinion poll.
A snap CNN poll conducted shortly after the presidential rivals met for their first one-on-one encounter today showed viewers believed the Republican challenger triumphed over the Democrat President by a margin of 67 to 25 per cent.
Mr Obama, while known as a powerful orator, was restrained and at times got bogged down on detail as tried to counter Mr Romney’s claims about his handling of the economy, taxes, financial regulation and healthcare.
Know as a powerful orator only by those who declared him a powerful orator. I’ve now dubbed him The Wizards of Uhhs. Seriously, if you kept track of how many time he said uhhh last night it had to reach a thousand. I tried during one two-minute segment and lost track after 20 or so.
Barack Obama, the man considered by many to be the greatest political orator of his generation, was left rambling and flat footed many times during the first presidential debate.
Moments after the debate ended Mitt Romney was declared the winner by TV commentators and millions following it on social media.
In the end there were no zingers; no knockout blows; no major blunders. But there was a winner: Mitt Romney. After several reboots and roll-outs he finally, finally found his voice. He wasn’t likeable, but he was believable. Gone were the gaffes, the stiff, wooden persona and the excessive caution. He came out fighting and he kept on swinging.
Fluent, strident, confident – he made his case.
Barack Obama on the other hand appeared nervous, distracted and unprepared. After four years in the Oval Office, he’d lost his voice. Gone was the charisma, the optimism and the eloquence. Defensive, halting and verbose – he looked tired and that made his presidency look tired. Both campaigns set low expectations, but only Obama met them. If you were watching without knowing who was the president, you wouldn’t have guessed it was him.
The Daily Mail, never understated:
Barack Obama has been savaged over his performance in last night’s presidential debate, with one commentator even suggesting that he was less effective than the hapless Jimmy Carter.
Even those who have been the President’s most enthusiastic cheerleaders in the past lined up to denounce the evening as a ‘disaster’ for Mr Obama, and worried that Mitt Romney’s resounding win would allow him to turn around his struggling campaign.
Prominent Obama fans admitted the President as ‘off his game’, with one even saying: ‘I don’t know what he was doing out there.’
But perhaps the most stinging blow came from the Right, with one conservative commentator quipping: ‘Not since Jimmy Carter faced Ronald Reagan has the U.S. presidency been so embarrassingly represented in public. Actually, that’s an insult to Jimmy Carter.’
Written off by much of the American media as a long shot, Romney had everything to prove in this, the first of three debates that will sharpen a bitterly divided country as it enters the home-stretch to Nov. 6.
It was expected to come in the form of “zingers.” And while there were a few — “trickle-down government” was the go-to rhetorical device, as Romney made the case for replacing Barack Obama — it was more the sheer comfort level of the former Massachusetts governor that carried the night.
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Obama, by contrast, played the debate with extreme caution, maintaining a calm, professorial demeanour and avoiding several obvious counterattacks as he wandered through the policy weeds of the past four years.
The president’s performance was that of a front-runner protecting a lead. A rusty front-runner, even, this being his first unscripted, head-to-head encounter since 2008.
For the instant-opinion commentariat, there was no question — Romney won on points, and plenty of them.
What most Americans got to see for the first time also was Romney uncensored. As most ignore primary debates this was the first time millions have seen him as he really is, a polished, competent effective leader with the ability to think on his feet and not left to rely on scripted talking points and demagoguery, that which has passed for the so-called soaring oratory the leftist media has long been enthralled with. Obama was exposed for the first time in years, nobody left to protect him or to to softballs to. He got hit and got hit hard. For once someone finally punched back, and punched back hard. Obama’s glass jaw was shattered.