Skip to comments.Managing Expectations: Team Obama Paints Romney as Best Debater in History
Posted on 09/29/2012 3:49:29 PM PDT by Kaslin
For all President Obama's rhetorical gifts -- and despite the fact that he was widely viewed as the winner of all three presidential debates in 2008 -- Democrats appear to be engaged in a campaign of expectation-managing ahead of the upcoming matchups between Obama and Mitt Romney. Indeed, as the president's press team to his debate prep partern John Kerry would have it, Romney is a veritable reincarnation of one of history's greatest debaters, Abraham Lincoln himself.
Here's John Kerry opining on Romney's "mad skillz" at the podium (h/t Erika Johnsen):
Oh, please. Please, please, please. Give me 20 breaks, not just one. Mitt Romney debated against Ted Kennedy back in the ’90s. He debated one-on-one when he ran for governor. He probably turned his campaign around when he ran for governor and won the governorship because of what happened in that debate.
And listen to the Republicans, don’t listen to me, because nobody’s — I’m obviously partisan. But just this morning on “Morning Joe,” Newt Gingrich, who debated him many, many times, said that he got clobbered by him, that Mitt Romney, when he had to, down in Florida, literally turned things around; everybody saw that and knows that. …
So the fact is that Mitt Romney is a very good debater. He’s done a very good job at it. He’s practiced and practiced and practiced and practiced, and he’s been flying around with, you know, the person playing Obama on his airplane every minute. He’s gone away and done five debates in 48 hours up in New Hampshire or Vermont or somewhere. …
The president, on the other hand, has to be president every day. Just gave two speeches — I thought terrific speeches — in New York. He has been at the White House and dealing with a whole series of issues, Middle East and otherwise.
Playing up Romney's past experience, while shrugging off concerns of Obama's unprepardness, has become recurring theme in recent days as the first debate, scheduled for October 3, nears. Obama's traveling press secretary Jen Psaki gave a ludicrous answer when asked about what will happen in the matchup:
On Air Force One today, traveling press secretary Jen Psaki was asked by reporters what the worst thing that could happen to him on Wednesday night.
"Well, he could fall off the stage," she replied of the president.
"The president will have some time to prepare and he's been doing some studying, but it is certainly less than we have anticipated because of events in the Middle East, because of his busy travel schedule — because of just the constraints of governing," she added. "So it is less than we originally planned." Psaki lamented the president's "loquaciousness" and argued that Romney is the most prepared debater in presidential debate history — on account of his preparation sessions going back to May.
"Mitt Romney, on the other hand, has been preparing earlier and with more focus than any presidential candidate in modern history," she said. "Not John F. Kennedy. Not President Bill Clinton. Not President George Bush. Not Ronald Reagan has prepared as much as he has. So there's no question that he will have a lead on how prepared he is."
It's long been known that Team Obama is concerned about their boss' tendency to ramble, but this is getting out of hand. Obama has a reputation for being a masterful orator, and the idea that he's outmatched by this wide of a margin is laughable. It reads more like they're concerned about a potential bump in the polls if Romney debates well, and are downplaying a poor performance from the president with the ol' "he's been running the free world" excuse.
Becuase, really. If he's too busy for Netanyahu, and he's too busy for security briefings, and he's too busy for debate prep, then what is he doing?
“The president, on the other hand, has to be president every day.”
This is possibly one of the most dishonest things Kerry has ever said. Obama is a fundraiser Monday through Friday and a celebrity on the weekend.
Every time they pull this crap Romney's team should be pointing out exactly what scam is being run.
Kerry was actually correct, that is what a real president; and the emphasis is on real, has to do but that arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania is not a real President
And Romney is busy painting Obama as the most eloquent president since Lincoln. Both sides are lowering expectations.
Barack Hussein Milhouse Soetoro Kardashian
I thought Obama was the smartest person in the world . Sounds like they just set up Romney to lose the debate no matter what
Regardless of what happens in the debate, the scum-sucking Nazi media will declare Buckwheat the winner. Get ready for it.
And for all you gloom ‘n doom RINO FReepers who haven’t jumped off a cliff yet, please spare everyone your incessant whining and jump.
For the previous three and a half years you haven’t had to read very far here before running into comments that Obama is incompetent and a painful embarrassment as a speaker without a teleprompter. Now we shall see. This is as big as the big leagues get, if Romney is not at the top of his game he’s ( and we are) toast.
So we have to DUMBED DOWN the debates as well, in order for Obama to win.
And we've all seen how painful it can be to watch an unscripted Romney launch into some extemporaneous comments. Hence why both sides are trying to downplay their candidate's chances.
“Sounds like they just set up Romney to lose the debate no matter what”
Do you actually think the obammy “media” whores would ever say Romney won???
But Romney is nowhere near as good as obama at screwing up while reading a prompter.
This, or he will get the answers fed the 0bama media wnat to hear from him
Even the title made me LOL. Imagine if Newt had been the candidate; there probably would not have been “debates.”
I do hope Romney’s prep team have given him lines to criticize B.O. in a way that will “get his goat.” B.O. HATES to look bad in any manner. Perhaps he can be goaded to lose his temper, ya think?
In fact, if some great Freeper could make signs B.O. would definitely see before the debate that read, “B. O. Stinks!” he’d already be primed. He is the world’s best known narcissist.
It would make a great chant, too. “B. O. Stinks!”
“B. O. Stinks!”
“B. O. Stinks!”
“B. O. Stinks!”
Not to worry..
Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012. The presidential debate begins. The moderator is the MSM employee agreed upon,
Moderator: Gentlemen, the first question is.. On page 123 of "Dreams From My Father" . . . .
That is what the 0bama media wants everyone to believe. We however know better, don’t we?
well, liie I have said on several occations it would not surprise me if he will get the answers the media wants to hear fed
It was actually I who said it first that Newt could beat that arrogant pos in a debate, even with him using the teleprompter
I am sure Romney already knows it is rigged to help Obama. His job will be to set them back on their ear and not allow them to control.
I really don’t see how we could have much lower expectations for either candidate. I still have Jim Rob’s post that “No way will I ever vote for that paper hanging son of a bitch” (cracked me up for days that did).
It’s frightening when the only candidate we have to replace a failed messiah with no history of having ever accomplished anything (except for having put into place on a national scale what our candidate put into place as governor), is someone who can make even billionaires with good hair look bad.
The reason the Obama campaign is lowering expectations for Barry is because everyone knows he turns into Elmer Fudd as soon as he goes off the Teleprompter. Not to mention that his track record is so bad Mitt won’t have time to point out all of Barry’s many failures.
The only interesting part will be if he can fake that he doesn't know what the next question is going to be.
Obama could just repeat these examples of idiocy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap2Cg_FDRy4 and the press would trumpet that he had soundly beaten Romney in the debates!
If I was Romney I’d take a peak at obama’s podium. There very well could be a built-in teleprompter. Someone will be typing his responses for him.
How will Obama mange without the teleprompter?
He’s probably been practicing for weeks.
No argument there, but for better or worse Romney is what we've got. I find it absolutely mind-boggling that a man who has done virtually nothing but run for president for 6 years is running such a miserable campaign. Romney is like the dog who chased cars for years, and when he finally caught one then he had no idea what to do with it. He finally got the nomination and then drew a blank on how to get to the next level.
Bullcrap! Mitt should send Newt in to pinch hit for him.
Why doesn’t the moderator give their questions to obama
long before the debate.
Since the media is in the tank for obama does it make sense that they are not doing this already?