Skip to comments.Why was President Obama so bad?
Posted on 10/04/2012 12:11:48 PM PDT by mandaladon
The Barack Obama who stood on the debate stage in Denver Wednesday night was virtually unrecognizable to the person who swept to victory in 2008 or even the man who had built a narrow-but-clear edge in the 2012 race. In the wake of the debate, Democrats conceded that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney had dominated the proceedings and quickly moved on to a deeper and harder to answer question: What the hell was wrong with the president?
Theories abound up to an including that Obama, who had done debate prep in Las Vegas, struggled to adjust to Denvers altitude. (Not kidding. That is a theory espoused by none other than former Vice President Al Gore.)
Below we take on a few of the likeliest reasons for Obamas out-of-character performance culled from conversations with Democratic strategists and our own observations. * Hes not used to being challenged: For all of the chatter that President Obama loves to surround himself with people willing to disagree with him, the truth of the matter is that being the leader of the free world means that what you say goes pretty much all the time. And, being challenged by staff no matter how senior those staff might be is not the same thing as being directly confronted by someone at your level and who wants your job.
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Because he sucks? Just a guess.
He wasn’t so bad...he just met his match. He’s been protected for so long by the media and his teleprompter that we’ve never known the intelligence of the real guy. Now we do. Weak.
Because he is a liar.
I agree with the article: He is not used to being challanged, and he is not that good of a debator.
They’re all piling on the moderator and blaming him, so we can expect to see a more ‘Obama-friendly’ moderator next time. Romney better bring his A+ game
Why should he have to campaign? Why should he have to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty? Isn't his greatness obvious to everyone? This election should be an afterthought.
It’s the Choom man. Smoking dope -especially as an adolescent, makes you stupid.
My daughter noticed he never took notes to organize his thoughts to respond to Romney. He doesn't even know how to debate.
Obama could hold his own against McCain, another bottom of the class man, when McCain was afraid to challenge him on anything for fear of being called a racist. But last night he faced a top of the class man in command of his facts. Barry was exposed for who he is.
obama actually did much better than I expected without his teleprompter.
He was never reduced to the “uh, ah, uh, uh, ah, I-I-I-I-I-I uh, uh” stage!!!!
clinton must have done a good job coaching obama to prevent the massive inarticulateness that we have all seen from time to time. But obama still lost to Romney big-time, as he deserved!!!!
I think there’s a good possibility that he spent weeks planning to take the debate in a certain direction, then had to toss out his playbook in the last day or two after getting his normal early look at the Sept jobs numbers (due out tomorrow morning, so we’ll see )
I think that’s what happened with his Convention speech too. He probably had a speech written based on the general consensus that that August would see 250,000 new jobs. But then had to go to a backup speech when he found out right before the speech that there were only 96,000 new jobs (and over 300,000 people gave up and stopped looking for work).
I do think the video pushed by Carlson/Drudge the night before was released not really to change voters’ minds on anything directly, but to throw Obama off his debate game. They surely coordinated with Romney’s campaign on that, knowing Romney’s plan was to get tougher on Obama in the debate than he’s been on the stump so far. The video was meant to scare Obama into trying to play the role of the “nice guy” so he didn’t confirm the impression of him being angry shown in the video. So the roles got reversed, Romney was tough and Obama was nice, which totally confounded everyone’s expectations.
Exactly - their carefully constructed myth of the “genius of obama” is being shown to be a fraud.
O has never had any of his ideas challenged from the right. In Democratic debates, it’s all about out-Marxing the other candidates.
In 2008, we had a feckless and obsequious McCain whose main concern seemed to be to not appear to be mean to the Negro.
I’m not a huge fan of Romney, but I am thinking he is the first opponent O has ever faced that could articulate traditional American ideas in the face of his Marxism.
And I do think Obama was genuinely rattled by Romney’s command of the facts. It’s clear Obama was not prepared to match Romney on recitation of memorized details.
Because he is! Don't strain the brain, the answer is simple!
Now I have a question - What took the dimwits so long to see the obvious?
How about, he’s a product of affirmative action every step of the way and finally found out he’s in over his head? But we at the Washington comPost cannot dare say that!
What you see, what you saw last night, is all there is. He's never been better.
Because he’s a moron who is not used to being challenged and all those years of “getting all wee weed up” took a toll on whatever brain cells the bastard had. You could see right at the beginning that when Romney began quoting facts and statistics from memory that Hussein was taken by surprise. he couldn’t compete on an intellectual level. He doesn’t carry his TOTUS to the ice cream shop, or to the third grade classroom for nothing!
Because it is the first time he actually had to seriously debate someone. The problem for the Left is the real Obama showed up last night.
Best answer so far...
High altitude makes you stupid? LOL
Obama just plain sucks! I also think he has some significant mental and physical problems. The guy looked like a drug user and skeleton. Hmmm!
You simply missed it. He did the hmm’uh, nhhn, am, hum, muh about 5 minutes in. That was his high point.
He gets a big fat pension for life....And will never work again.
My theory is: cocaine.
Okay, maybe Xanax or some other prescription medication.
This morning Obama is upbeat and bubbling with enthusiasm.
Last night he was flat, deflated, disinterested.
Obama was unprepared last night. Is anyone surprised? He was unprepared when he took the oath of office and he has remained so for four years. Oh, did I mention that he is also lazy.
I live in Colorado at 7,700 feet. Pro football teams learned long ago to come into Denver right before their games as the effects are felt less at first and much more a day or two later. Obama flew in just hours before the debate so altitude was not his problem.
Obama is weak when challenged directly, that’s all. Everyone has been afraid to challenge him due to the race baiting. Romney challenged him without looking racist, and that defense is now gone.
LOL, ah yes... for anyone who needs reminding of that great PR moment:
This is fairly typical for Leftists, once you take them off script they simply lack the intellectual ability to respond well. They prepared for one Romney and a completely different one showed up.
The problem for the Left is the real Obama showed up last night. No amount of repackaging can save a failed product.
Axelrod can ‘polish’ zero’s style all he wants. The truth is that without his teleprompter and MSM zero cannot defend the indefensible. Zero lacks substance.
When you say “bad” you don’t mean in a good way,right?
Really? I always heard he was a master debator.
I’ve been saying all along that he’s on meds...and one of the reasons he has to use a teleprompter....because he can’t stay on message....cuz his head is messed up.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else
I personally have never thought him to be a particularly good speaker. Compared to Bush or McCain sure, but only only TotUS. Off TotUS, he’s a blithering idiot.
His laziness extends from his arrogance.
He believes he’s good enough that he doesn’t have to work hard.
“Because he sucks?’’<,. Yup, he certainly does suck. Obama sucks big time. He’s the suckiest thing I ever saw suck.
Love is blind. Sorry, America.
Not that he ever worked before.
I’ve wondered the same thing about that tape - it in itself wasn’t THAT shocking to those of us who pay attention - maybe the worst thing to me was the fake accent - but the timing of the release had to affect Zero.
As bad as zero was last night it’s hard to imagine he’ll be better on foreign policy. The ME is burning, countries with policies he favors are crumbling, he’s being endorsed by dictators because he opposes fracking....and on and on...
Why anyone ever thought the coddled inexperienced community organizer who refuses to show his records - especially school records - would even understand economics and be good at one of the toughest jobs in the world is something I’ve never understood.
First, Romney must be made to bow down to Obama because after all Obama is the President and Romney is merely a (former) Governor.
Second, Obama needs more time than Romney. This is because Obama, being a creatively gifted, right-lobed man, tends to say “um” and “ugh,” as his unprecedented genius gathers all the relevant information and carefully constructs the proper, nuanced and balanced response.
Third, Romney shouldn’t be allowed to use “facts.” Anybody can look up facts, nowadays. Therefore, knowledge of facts does not qualify anybody to be President. What is important isn’t what the facts are, but how you feel the facts should be.
Fourth and most importantly, nobody should ever “correct” the President. This might undermine the authority of the office. Ordinary people might think that the President is himself an ordinary person and not their better. How, then, could the government “ask” the people to take advantage of the opportunities it offers them to serve others through military conscription, forced “voluntary service,” and the patriotic duty to pay taxes?
Navy corpsemen. Your Honor, I rest my case.
Mitt was like a computer. The facts on small topics were pouring out of his head. I chalk it up to the fact he never killed his braincells with booze, caffeine and smokes.
Meanwhile Obama looked like he just came tripping out of Choom Force One with a serious case of the munchies and no clue as to why he was there..
He was told to touch on the talking points (education, free stuff, mediscare) and to filibuster, which is what he did.
All he did last night was fall back into weakly constructed philosophical arguments. That's all he had because that's who he is. A Marxist true believer who has gotten by in life and has been resolutely protected by a fawning, corrupt MSM. Obama was simply unmasked last night.