Skip to comments.Is 'aloof' Barack Obama over-prepping for the first debate?
Posted on 09/23/2008 12:52:36 PM PDT by Schnucki
If Barack Obama doesn't do well in Friday's first presidential debate with John McCain, he won't be able to blame a lack of preparation. In fact, over-preparation could be more of a problem for a man who is a fine orator but a less skilled debator.
The Democrat has already headed to Tampa, Florida, to hole up with his advisors for several days of prepping on foreign policy and national security matters - the subject matter for the Mississippi debate.
The Republicans are already mocking Sen Obama's "foreign policy camp". In fact, I'd think there's a real danger that all this swatting up may just exacerbate his tendency to appear overly analytical and aloof in a debate format. Remember his incredibly ill-judged "above my pay grade" answer when asked when he thought life began in the recent Saddleback religious forum.
He certainly needs to persuade doubters that he is fit to be commander-in-chief, but he also needs to come a bit more like Average Joe if he is to pass the famous "beer test" of who voters would rather have a drink with.
The Obama camp is clearly leaving no detail to chance. Veteran Washington lawyer Greg Craig, one of the few grey-haired insiders in Team Obama, is role-playing the 72-year-old Sen McCain in mock debates in Florida.
The McCain campaign is not answering questions about its own debate preparations, although it has denied a report that Michael Steele, a prominent black Republican, is acting as an Obama stand-in.
In such a close race and with the world's financial markets in turmoil, Friday night's showdown is predicted to beat the record of 62 million viewers set by a Bush-Kerry debate four years ago.
There will be two more presidential debates in October. And Sarah Palin and Joe Biden are also
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Let him overprep. Without his teleprompter, he loses the “skilled orator” advantage. By overprepping, he eats up valuable campaigning time.
Sadly, half of them will not know what to think until they hear the MSM's "analysis" of the debates (and see the "unbiased polls").
A “skilled orator” doesn’t need a teleprompter to deliver a stump speech he’s been giving for over a year.. this guys no skilled orator, he’s a skilled reader, there’s a huge difference.
Isn't that the truth. I have said for quite some time that people are just to damn lazy to do their own research. They'd rather watch tv at 6:30pm & have Brian Williams et al TELL them how to feeeeeel.
A sad commentary to be sure.
The MSM will provide Obama with the questions beforehand. He can then memorize the answers.
So, Palin was criticized for being “prepped” but it’s a good thing for Obama? He needs to be prepped on HIS OWN positions, the ones he’s been running on for almost 2 whole years?
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