According to the Associated Press, there was substantial criticism of former PBS anchor Jim Lehrer even before the debate was finished coming from Obama supporters on twitter, that Mr. Lehrer had lost control of the debate.
Following the debate, the excuses for Obama abounded, and the attacks on the moderator and Romney’s aggressive stands and lack of respect for the president were sizeable.
Romney was even accused of bringing notes into the debate, against the rules, which turned out to be his handkerchief. Obama was the one who needed the notes to explain his trickle down government to the 67 million viewers.
Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren wrote on her blog that Lehrer was being attacked because Democrats “expected the moderator to run interference for their candidate and the moderator didn’t bail out their bored, fumbling and unprepared candidate.”
“Instead,” she said, “moderator Jim Lehrer did the unthinkable — he let the candidates debate.” OMG, let the candidates debate in a debate, what an original concept!
The heart of Obama’s new message with less than five weeks to go: Romney is a liar. Expect that theme – from the president and from his aides, which will drive most of Obama’s advertising and messaging for days.
“Gov. Romney may dance around his positions, but if you want to be president, you owe the American people the truth,” Obama declared in his first post-debate appearance, a Thursday rally in Denver.
The new line of argument is based on the Obama campaign’s contention that Romney, while sharp and commanding on the debate stage, delivered a series of statements that don’t stand up to factual scrutiny. They singled out Romney’s positions on tax cuts, education and outsourcing as misleading to the middle class.
David Plouffe, the Obama White House adviser who ran his 2008 campaign, called Romney’s performance “probably unprecedented in its dishonesty.”
Obama’s campaign quickly released an ad raising questions about Romney’s honesty, arguing that he didn’t level with middle-class families on how his tax plan would affect them. “If we can’t trust him here, how could we ever trust him here?” the ad says.
As the president mockingly searched for the “real Mitt Romney” during an earlier speech in Denver, Vice President Joe Biden pounded the message in Iowa, another toss-up state.
“Ultimately, presidential races, unlike any other race, get down to character,” Biden said. “They get down to the character of the man or woman and the character of their convictions: Do they mean what they say and will they do what they say.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Romney was “peddling snake oil” by hiding the details of his plan. This reference coming from a leader who hasn’t placed a budget up for a vote in the Senate, in violation of the law, for over 3 years.
More excuses – Al Gore said it was the altitude in Denver that affected the president’s performance during the debate and Al should know about such things, he’s been dealing with the environment for years.
Whoppi Goldberg said Obama was “PO’ed” because he had to debate on his 20th wedding anniversary.
Joy Baher, also cohost of “The View” said of the debate, answering a question about the public unions jobs that Romney was dismissing in her opinion, said, “Oh, less government? That is an idiotic statement. Can I just say that?”
She then said, ”I mean, I’d like to see his house burn, one of his millions of houses burning down. Who’s he going to call, the Mormon fire patrol?” Can you imagine what would happen to a conservative saying something like that about the president?
During the debate, Obama kept looking down at the podium. He was probably hoping that somehow, magically, his teleprompter would appear so he could debate with Romney’s explanation of the economy.
The liberal media have been throwing Obama softball questions for so long that he simply wasn’t able to withstand a cross-examination of his answers. Obama simply didn’t know what to do! There is no excuse for Obama’s performance – it’s simply that he doesn’t know the answers and doesn’t understand how domestic and international economies work!