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Report: Obama crams for debates, works to keep answers concise
The Hill ^ | 9/16/12 | Julian Pecquet

Posted on 09/17/2012 6:09:34 AM PDT by Evil Slayer

President Obama is cramming for his three prime-time debates with Mitt Romney next month by practicing brief and concise answers, senior campaign strategist David Axelrod told Reuters.

A gifted orator, Obama has a tendency to give long, detailed answers that the campaign worries could come across as aloof during a televised debate. In his debate prep with sparring partner John Kerry (D-Mass.), Obama has been working on keeping his answers short after four years when he's rarely had to submit to rapid-fire questions.

“He's got to speak shorter, that's all,” Axelrod told Reuters. “He just hasn't had to do that for the last four years so that's a part of the discipline of preparing for these debates.”

Axelrod said that the president was trying to squeeze in preparation time whenever he could, on flights to west coast campaign events and at the White House in the evening.

“We don't have the same luxury that Romney does in terms of time,” he said.

Axelrod also said that Obama was familiarizing himself with Romney’s record and statements during the campaign.

“He's spent a lot of time reading material and most of it is familiarizing himself with what Governor Romney said in this campaign,” he said. “He's pretty conversant with his own record but he wasn't very conversant with Romney's.”

Romney, for his part, will seek to land rhetorical blows as Obama heads into the final stretch of the presidential election with a slight lead in the polls.

Romney’s debate partner is Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and reports said the GOP nominee began prepping earlier this month, while Democrats held their national convention in Charlotte, N.C. Romney and Portman went head-to-head during a week-long retreat at the Vermont home of former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey (R), a campaign surrogate.

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1 posted on 09/17/2012 6:09:38 AM PDT by Evil Slayer
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To: Evil Slayer
"A gifted orator, Obama..."

Obamanure!!!

2 posted on 09/17/2012 6:12:37 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: Evil Slayer

I would not be surprised if Obama suddenly has to wear glasses, and those glasses use a new on screen display coupled with a transmitter and audio device like an ear plug.

Someone else will give obama speaking directions.

The empty suit has no on the spot speaking abilities, all he is and has been is someone else behind the curtain.


3 posted on 09/17/2012 6:13:04 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: Evil Slayer
I can just visualize Barky reading his TelePrompTer® in the mirror.
4 posted on 09/17/2012 6:13:47 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Evil Slayer

How hard can it be to “cram” when one has that little earwig with a million people researching his every reply?


5 posted on 09/17/2012 6:14:02 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Evil Slayer

incorrect. he is practicing to avoid sounding idiotic since TOTUS isn’t allowed at the debates.


6 posted on 09/17/2012 6:14:11 AM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Evil Slayer

“A gifted orator, Obama has a tendency to give long, detailed answers that the campaign worries could come across as aloof during a televised debate.”

__________________________________

GMAFB!


7 posted on 09/17/2012 6:15:11 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Evil Slayer

MSM probably has given him “sample questions.”


8 posted on 09/17/2012 6:17:03 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: Evil Slayer
A gifted orator, Obama has a tendency to give long, detailed answers that the campaign worries could come across as aloof during a televised debate

Detailed, my ass.

His skill lies in stringing together long droning strings of liberal catchphrases and platitudinal fluff that, like shiny objects and yarn, bewilder and mesmerize the kittens in the press, so they don't notice he never answers the question.

9 posted on 09/17/2012 6:20:12 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Evil Slayer
Obama crams for debates,works to keep answers concise

Osama's answers are always "concise".Truthfulness is usually the problem with Osama's statements and claims.

10 posted on 09/17/2012 6:20:44 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama's Reelected Imagine The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: Evil Slayer
He's pretty conversant with his own record

LOL! Romney should quiz Obama on his own autobiography. I wonder if he's ever even read it.

11 posted on 09/17/2012 6:21:49 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Evil Slayer

Obama will have an ear mic and twenty people telling him what to do. If I were Romney, I would make sure obama does have an ear mic.


12 posted on 09/17/2012 6:22:49 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Evil Slayer
A gifted orator, Obama has a tendency to give long, detailed answers that the campaign worries could come across as aloof during a televised debate.

Translation: When he's off the teleprompter he goes off the reservation.

13 posted on 09/17/2012 6:23:16 AM PDT by dartuser ("If you are ... what you were ... then you're not.")
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To: Carl Vehse
"A gifted orator, Obama..."

Obamanure!!!

That was my immediate reaction, also. A gifted orator is someone who can spontaneously ad lib memorable lines. Winston Churchill comes to mind.

14 posted on 09/17/2012 6:23:27 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Evil Slayer

What’s he going to do?record the answers and let the Telepromter give the results.


15 posted on 09/17/2012 6:25:05 AM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: dead

-— His skill lies in stringing together long droning strings of liberal catchphrases and platitudinal fluff that, like shiny objects and yarn, bewilder and mesmerize the kittens in the press, so they don’t notice he never answers the question. ——

He actually “beat” Alan Keyes in the Ill. senatorial debate. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it myself.

It put the fear of God into me then. I recognized his “gift.” Unlike the enemedia, I know where that “gift” comes from.


16 posted on 09/17/2012 6:28:42 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Evil Slayer

I believe that the first debate is October 3. Today is September 17. I never thought of “cramming” as something one did more than two weeks before the “test.”


17 posted on 09/17/2012 6:30:13 AM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: Evil Slayer

I believe that the first debate is October 3. Today is September 17. I never thought of “cramming” as something one did more than two weeks before the “test.”


18 posted on 09/17/2012 6:30:31 AM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: Evil Slayer

BS!
He conspires with the MSM to have ‘the script’ in advance.
The other guy gets stung with surprise after surprise.


19 posted on 09/17/2012 6:35:17 AM PDT by Bon mots (When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...)
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To: Evil Slayer
Actually, he was supposed to hit the WH - the FIRST time - already knowing and comprehending enough to challenge ANYBODY, at any time, in a debate... and supposing as well that he KEPT UP with issues and events, he OUGHT to be able to hold his own like a REAL politician without excessive coaching and cramming!!!
20 posted on 09/17/2012 6:35:24 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Evil Slayer

It’s the Ryan/Biden deabate I’m excited for! To me, that’ll be as big as the Redskins/Dolphins in ‘83. I may even wear Redskin war paint and drink 14 beers to re-live the memory!


21 posted on 09/17/2012 6:35:53 AM PDT by albie
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To: Evil Slayer
Debate moderator: Mr. President - are you going to raise taxes in your second term?

Obama: That's a good question. After the 8 year administration before me left an unbelievably colossal mountain of problems, we've struggled for the good of the American people to strive for change and a revaluing of our priorities that shifted the focus from private jets for millionaires to the mom and pop shops and the underfunded classrooms of the future where children languished with poor nutrition and a lack of access to health care. Through the Americans with Purpose for Diversity Act, we funneled $250 million dollars to put more resources and opportunities in the cities and rural communities instead of more vacation homes for the corporate raiders and those people sending our good American jobs overseas. Through a combination of wise investment and diligent oversight, working hand-in-hand with those members of congress willing to embrace the fundamental reforms necessary to achieve a balance between growth and caring, we've managed to achieve where others before us failed to even try.

Debate moderator: Oh my God! That answer was so wonderful, I'll need a moment or two to catch my breath. I think I'm crying...

Romney: He never even answered your question!

Debate moderator: Shut your damn mouth before I shut it for you! That was a personal attack against the president and in direct violation of debate rules!!

22 posted on 09/17/2012 6:38:05 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Evil Slayer
Actually, he was supposed to hit the WH - the FIRST time - already knowing and comprehending enough to challenge ANYBODY, at any time, in a debate... and supposing as well that he KEPT UP with issues and events, he OUGHT to be able to hold his own like a REAL politician without excessive coaching and cramming!!!
23 posted on 09/17/2012 6:38:14 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: albie

And I will support you, even though I am a Cowboys fan . :) :) :)


24 posted on 09/17/2012 6:41:14 AM PDT by patriotspride
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To: dead

That’s pretty much what Romney is up against, if he makes a salient point, they’ll just say he’s ‘trying to score political points’ and he’s ‘attacking the President’.


25 posted on 09/17/2012 6:41:48 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Evil Slayer; All
"Gifted Orator" my azz, 0bama is going to be digging this little gem from out of the file cabinet from many years ago:


Think of any three-digit number at random. Then select the corresponding buzzword from each column. Put them together and PRESTO! You sound just like you know what you're talking about!

8-9-7 = Compatible policy projection

OR

5-8-4 = Responsive third-generation programming

See? With the Official Buzzphrase Generator, even a Marxist POS like 0bama can sound like a damn genius!
26 posted on 09/17/2012 6:43:06 AM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in America's panties, 0bama is the yellow stain in front!)
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To: Evil Slayer

Don’t worry about

Muslim rioting
Afganistan
National Security Briefings
National Debt
Deficits
Budgets

Or any of that other silly stuff. Golf, fundraise and get ready for the debates!

Nothing else really has priority.


27 posted on 09/17/2012 6:45:02 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (You didn't build that. The private sector is doing fine. We tried our plan and it worked.)
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To: Evil Slayer
He will not be able to use any of mitt's statements against him because like obama... he can reference things that he said at other times that were opposed to whatever obama references... all mitt has to do is just like obama does when questioned... "clarify” his statements. mitt also has a nuke, “At least I am not a muslim or a marxist”.

LLS

28 posted on 09/17/2012 6:45:29 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("if it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: Evil Slayer

All I can really hope for is the R&R are prepared. Hopefully somebody in their house understands what scum bags they are going to be “debating” (media contrived Q&A) and ready for out of the blue questions that will “prove” they aren’t ready for the white house. These slime balls know no limits when it comes to getting down and dirty. It’ll be to old “So, are you still beating your wife?” type thing. First lie out of the gate wins every time. I think it was Mark Twain that said a lie makes it half way around the world before the truth even gets it’s pants on. No mas pantelones!

Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years.


29 posted on 09/17/2012 6:49:29 AM PDT by rktman
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To: mkjessup

666 comes up Obama.


30 posted on 09/17/2012 6:50:11 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Evil Slayer

To begin with, liberals don’t answer questions. Obama chief among them.

For him to say that his non-answers will become more “concise” should frighten anyone who wants to see him get reelected.

Dissembling and obfuscation by their very nature cannot be “concise”.

Have at it big boy.


31 posted on 09/17/2012 6:50:16 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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Axelrod said that the president was trying to squeeze in preparation time whenever he could, on flights to west coast campaign events and at the White House in the evening.

"We don't have the same luxury that Romney does in terms of time," he said.

HA! Pry your idiot boss off the golf course for five minutes Axelgrease.

32 posted on 09/17/2012 6:50:45 AM PDT by Henchster (Free Republic - the BEST site on the web!)
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To: Evil Slayer

if he would just be truthful for a change - it would be a miracle.


33 posted on 09/17/2012 6:53:35 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Evil Slayer

if he would just be truthful for a change - it would be a miracle.


34 posted on 09/17/2012 6:53:35 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Carl Vehse

“A gifted orator, Obama...”

I see that repeated a lot... that he’s a gifted orator. It’s a stretch but I think they’re hoping it will stick if they repeat it enough times.


35 posted on 09/17/2012 6:53:49 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Evil Slayer

It will be a bit easier since his sycophant news buddies will have given him the questions well in advance.


36 posted on 09/17/2012 6:55:53 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Evil Slayer

I’ve alluded to this before, but, may I say this again? I think the debates will be the determining factor in who wins this Election. I hope Romney leaves his gloves at home when he gets to the debates.


37 posted on 09/17/2012 7:01:14 AM PDT by Cherokeesquaw
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To: baddog 219

If Obama does have an ear mic, would it be possible for someone on the Romney staff, who is extremely high-tech, to be in the audience and scramble it or use a remote to cause it to make a loud screeching noise right in Obama’s ear? That would be priceless.


38 posted on 09/17/2012 7:05:46 AM PDT by Cherokeesquaw
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To: dead

ROFLOL. That was hilarious.


39 posted on 09/17/2012 7:13:58 AM PDT by Cherokeesquaw
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To: wayoverontheright

Obama’s favorite tactic when angry and cornered is the Hobson’s Choice method of debating. For those not familiar with it..Obama will answer a question with a question for Romney like ...”Ok so what program people depend on would you cut Mr Romney”. A rhetorical trick akin to “So have you stopped beating your wife yet” Romney needs to prepare for an aggressive, desperate Obongo.

The R&R camp I am sure is aware the lengths of desperation Obama and his team will go to, to get 4 more years. Obama is a sick, twisted, demented sociopath. There is no lie, sin, crime he would not commit if he could get away with to maintain power. For the Godless, power over your fellow man is their God. Been like this since Cain and Able. Obama is demonic, evil man, devoid of Christian morality and decency. He’s a sick and damaged mental patient. Throw in his family and most of his hardcore Satanist surrogates and supporters. This is a Holy war no doubt about it. The battle between the good, the decent, the right and the covetous, the lying, the self-worshippers and the depraved. The soul of the country is up for grabs and has been since Woodrow Wilson and FDR. When you legalize thievery, this is what happens.


40 posted on 09/17/2012 7:19:12 AM PDT by pburgh01
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To: Evil Slayer

The dummy better hope his moderators don’t go off his talking points. There is a lag time between what he says and what Valerie Jarrett transmits to him. If she has to scramble for an unrehearsed answer, the dummy will be left mumbling like an idiot.


41 posted on 09/17/2012 7:23:13 AM PDT by pallis
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To: dartuser

“Translation: When he’s off the teleprompter he goes off the reservation.”

It was clear at the convention. Clinton, as much as a I hate him, had a clear grasp of the dim platform and programs.

Barry, OTOH, just mailed in a generic speech with no meat. There is nothing going on between those jug ears and only his race prevents people from saying it.


42 posted on 09/17/2012 7:24:24 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: dead
Who is the debate moderator of the Ryan vs. Biden debate? I will be shocked if it is anyone fair and balanced, and expect it to be a liberal. Same goes for the Romney vs. Obama debates. Here are the moderators of past debates I expect to see again and they are ALL gunning for Obama:

* Bob Schiefer
* Candy "Butterfingers" Crowley
* Anderson Cooper
* John King from CNN
* Bill Moyers from PBS

And a fresh face for presidential debates:
* Terry Gross from NPR's Fresh Air

Maybe they will have enough decency to at least have a not as bad liberal like Chris Wallace, but even he has a thing for liberals even though he's on Fox.

43 posted on 09/17/2012 7:26:43 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Evil Slayer

“A gifted orator,”

That’s where I stopped reading. Figured the rest would be bull crap too. “uh, ah, uh, uh, uh, ah, uh, ah, uh uh, uh, uh, ah, uh, uh, uh, ah, uh, ah, uh uh, uh, uh, ah, uh, uh, uh, ah, uh, ah, uh uh, uh,”.... repeat until liberals are hypnotized by these famous Obama quotes.


44 posted on 09/17/2012 7:33:44 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Evil Slayer

Very good. The author manages to wait until the second sentence before dropping the first whopper of a lie.


45 posted on 09/17/2012 7:41:57 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Evil Slayer
“We don't have the same luxury that Romney does in terms of time,” he said.

Riiighht. Just send in the usual EMPTY CHAIR, then.

46 posted on 09/17/2012 7:53:03 AM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: NCLaw441
“cramming” , unusual choice of words.

Cramming indicates he can't remember SCHIT, and I am sure as the Commander of lies it gets extremely difficult for him to remember where he left off. Pretty bad, when you have to CRAM 2 weeks out.

Now where's my glasses with that mic, I can hardly see what I'm thinking/s.

Notice too how his hair is suddenly turned GREY? Wise little acre, that boy is after 4 years, much wiser/s.

47 posted on 09/17/2012 8:08:02 AM PDT by annieokie (O)
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To: dead
That's funny, and sadly so realistic to what will/may happen. At the end you forget the Moderator also said it was RACIST.

GOOD work.

48 posted on 09/17/2012 8:11:48 AM PDT by annieokie (O)
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To: Evil Slayer
If Obama decides to be concise then Romney should usurp the moderator position and require Obummer to elaborate more, the American citizens deserve details, not sophomoric diversions. That goes double for the Network moderators.
49 posted on 09/17/2012 8:15:45 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: Cherokeesquaw
That would be priceless, of if only.

Question Cherokee: don't you think it is time for the Indian Nations to take back this country? (not joking) Time for the COWBOYS and INDIANS to unite.

50 posted on 09/17/2012 8:20:06 AM PDT by annieokie (O)
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