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Why was President Obama so bad?
The Washington Post ^ | 4 Oct 2012

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 Denver’s 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 Obama’s out-of-character performance — culled from conversations with Democratic strategists and our own observations. * He’s 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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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012debates; narcissism; narcissistinchief; npd; obama; obamasnewclothes; presidentialdebate; romney
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To: svcw

“mormons can have caffeine ...”

That NEW to LDS. Romney would have grown up when caffeine wasn’t allowed, and most older LSD just never made the switch when it became legal. (as a total java junkie, I think it’s a good idea)

121 posted on 10/04/2012 4:22:15 PM PDT by EDINVA
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That may be true with Romney, I don’t know.
My uncle a mormon bishop popped Excedrin because it has caffeine but that started in the mid ‘70s.
I know lots of non mormon people who avoid caffeine, so who knows.

122 posted on 10/04/2012 4:24:49 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: mandaladon

No substance in his thoughts to make up for the absence of a teleprompter.

123 posted on 10/04/2012 4:30:55 PM PDT by reasonisfaith
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To: GnL

I always heard he was a master debator.
I think he once worked a while one Summer on a charter fishing boat in Hawaii. That’s where he learned to be a master baiter.

124 posted on 10/04/2012 5:14:14 PM PDT by octex
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To: MayflowerMadam

Thank you Mam!!!


125 posted on 10/04/2012 5:25:56 PM 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: muawiyah
The problem with Obama is that he's stupid.

Stupid. And arrogant.

A deadly combination...

126 posted on 10/04/2012 6:19:01 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
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To: JediJones
It’s clear Obama was not prepared to match Romney on recitation of memorized details.

And he won't be getting ready. He's too lazy, too far behind the curve, and too stupid.

127 posted on 10/04/2012 6:23:50 PM PDT by SCalGal (Friends don't let friends donate to H$U$, A$PCA, or PETA.)
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To: Viennacon
He's been handed everything his entire life. By his own admission, he spent most of his high school years "stoned out of my mind." He somehow gets into Harvard (where are the transcripts). The MSM handed him the 2008 election to the Presidency without the usual vetting behooving one seeking that august office.

Their lividness that Lehrer remained passive and didn't do anything to help this ongoing affirmative action narrative that is the life of Barack Obama is understandable: take away something from someone that they've grown accustomed to having, and they protest.

Sununu had it right: Obama is lazy. He's never had to work for anything, and he's never lost. Others have always carried him.

What's new this time is, for perhaps the first time in his life, he must take responsibility.

128 posted on 10/04/2012 6:27:35 PM PDT by Lexinom
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To: colorado tanker
My daughter noticed he never took notes to organize his thoughts to respond to Romney. He doesn't even know how to debate.

Maybe 0 can't write.

We know he can't keep dates straight, either (like in England).

129 posted on 10/04/2012 6:31:01 PM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: Tuanedge
SNL had many debate moments crystalized in comedy lore.

1. George H.W. Bush (Dana Carvey) was asked a question by a reporter (Jan Hooks) which he answered with "Stay the course, a thousand points of lights." Hooks then says "You have another minute and 30 seconds. Bush/Carvey repeats "To summarize, stay the course, a thousand points of light." Hooks says "You still have another minute." And on it goes.

2. Al Gore (Darryl Hammond) huffs and puffs, interrupts, and repeatedly says "lockbox." My favorite line was when the moderator (Chris Parnell) asks a question of George W. Bush (Will Ferrell) and Gore/Hammond says "I'd like to answer that question as if it were directed to me."

I'd think that a safe mocking of Obama on Saturday will be his quibbling with Jim Lehrer over his remaining 5 seconds.


130 posted on 10/04/2012 6:44:48 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too ( It doesn't I naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: Bellflower


131 posted on 10/04/2012 8:18:33 PM PDT by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!)
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To: mandaladon

His first debates were with McCain who said he was a nice guy and handed him the election. The media protected him all these long destructive 4 years and now he has dirt under his nails and Romney to debate. How can he defend his record and his lies? How can he say he can do great things when he has destroyed so much for 4 years? All he can do is stand there and hang his head and toss out a few old worn out lines.

132 posted on 10/04/2012 8:28:20 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.")
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To: sheikdetailfeather

nobama is a loser community organizer. nobama is an affirmative action equal opportunity fraud. nobama should be in prison.

133 posted on 10/04/2012 8:31:52 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Aria

The bill included funding for the troops in Iraq, so essentially the radical Barack Obama trumped the compassionate Barack Obama (or he was so badly read up on the issue that he didn’t know that the aid for NO was included). I think the speech was in part to protect himself from possible backlash of his stand among the black community.

134 posted on 10/04/2012 9:22:16 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: ScaniaBoy

That makes sense. Thanks!

135 posted on 10/04/2012 9:36:14 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: mandaladon

As John Sununnu said on MSNBC today “Obama is lazy and detached.”

136 posted on 10/04/2012 9:49:25 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: muawiyah

Obama is like the welfare cheat who knows 1001 ways to game the system. He’s “smart” in a calculating, scheming type of way, but because his every brain cell is oriented toward “Me Me Me, I I I”, he’s as dumb as a stump and easily manipulated.

And like the lazy cheats who pride themselves over the amount on their EBT cards or the minutes on their Obamaphones or the loot they can steal from the minimart or the mall, Obama the self-centered “genius” is enslaved in chains of bondage by his enormous ego, greed, and sociopathic detachment from the rights of others. IOW, what a dumbazz, what a maroon.

137 posted on 10/04/2012 10:26:48 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: jtal
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.

Hopefully this election cycle, we can have the debate about how Marxism and its ideological ilk (socialism, communism, etc.) are false, corrosive philosophies which destroy both freedom and prosperity.

Romney may be an imperfect messenger, but he's off to a great start with this debate. Maybe enough Americans can be awakened to the fact that authoritarian collectivism and welfare state dependency are fundamentally incompatible with core American values and ideals, and destructive to prosperity as well.

Who'd a thunk it?

138 posted on 10/04/2012 10:47:13 PM PDT by sargon
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To: mandaladon
the author is repeating a MSM lie a narrow-but-clear edge in the 2012 ...
139 posted on 10/04/2012 11:44:53 PM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: GnL
Really? I always heard he was a master debator.

We heard it from the LSM, the same people that told us Reagan was a buffoon and and Bush II was a dummy.

He is quick with the quips and "outline's", but when you can't speak to a group of children without TOTUS, there is a problem. I will also admit that he can read a great speech, but look at some of Reagan's stuff on you-tube, that man was an orator/ communicator.

140 posted on 10/05/2012 2:18:41 AM PDT by verga (Forced to remove tag line by administrator)
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