The first presidential debate was held tonight in Denver, Colorado and moderated by PBS’ Jim Lehrer. The debate was focused on domestic issues and ran for 90 minutes. From the very beginning, Romney was articulate, confident and was well versed in each topic covered. Obama, without his teleprompter, sounded unsure of himself, inarticulate and like a Junior Senator from Chicago at his first presidential debate. If you didn’t know who the president currently is, you would have assumed it was Mitt Romney. He came off as presidential and a leader while Barack Obama came off as someone who didn’t really know the answers to the questions and maybe didn’t prepare enough for one of the biggest events in his political career and certainly didn’t hold confident leadership qualities.
Romney had some great ‘one liners’ during the debate that are worth repeating:
When Obama claimed that Obamacare would bring down the cost of healthcare –
In my opinion Gov’t isn’t effective at bringing down the cost of almost anything.
When Obama tried to present facts about Romney’s plan that weren’t true –
Mr. President, you’re entitled to your own airplane and your own house but not your own facts.
Some of the best highlights were on Twitter, during and after the debate by Democrats who were clearly crushed by Obama’s performance:
Already trying to blame Kerry (Obama’s debate partner) for Obama’s poor performance –
@mripple: John Kerry not a good foil. Obama needs somebody who morphs while he speaks.
(This from Michael Moore – uber anti-capitalist and far left wing extremist) –
@MMFlint: This is what happens when u pick John Kerry as your debate coach
The uber-Liberal Joan Walsh of Salon.com –
@joanwalsh: Someone close to the president has to help him figure out the roots of his um’s and uh’s. He seems so tentative…
Bill Maher (who donated $1 million to Obama’s campaign had a couple) –
@BillMaher: Obama made a lot of great points tonight. Unfortunately, most of them were for Romney
@BillMaher: i can’t believe i’m saying this, but Obama looks like he DOES need a teleprompter
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