So this is the guy who is going to get tough with Netanyahu in the Second Administration? He can’t even get tough with his Republican opponent. After this evening, I think it is more reasonable to expect that Romney will contain Bibi.It is possible O’s advisers didn’t want him attacking in Round 1, as no black politician can appear to be too aggressive or angry and keep his white voters on board. With the debate criticism he will now receive, O can be far more pit-bullish in the next round. I believe something similar happened in his debates with Hillary. He waited for her and Bill to attack first before giving it back-in-kind. That is an optimistic interpretation though.Far more likely, it was decided he should channel his inner “conciliator” and not antagonize the independents. Didn’t work too well!It also seems as if Obama has no idea what he wants to do in his Second Term, other than cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
My wife also quit after 15 minutes.
I understand that’s Romney’s strength: He knows how to be upbeat and concise. In an ADD age, upbeat and concise will always beat out theoretical and longwinded.
Obama seemed a little arrogant in his presentation. The attitude was, I live this stuff so I don’t have to practice. While for his part, I got the feeling that Romney had been with his team practicing and practicing. He knew how to play the game. He was sharp, like a wing in hockey.
I stopped watching because it’s like Leni Riefenstahl movies — you realize, you too can be taken in, by the simplicity, the ease, the slickness, the movie starrish looks.
James North focused on the journalists:
I understand that Obama might have been doing the rope-a-dope in the first round. [A reference to Muhammad Ali sinking into the ropes to allow George Foreman to punch himself out] But it’s unrealistic to expect that Obama will put Romney on the floor. Romney’s not Gerald Ford.
It’s a rare occasion when I learn something valuable from a New York Times editorial. But its lead editorial showing how many times Romney lied. I assumed he lied a few times. They showed that he lied over and over again.
And if I taught a journalism class, I would hold up Jim Lehrer as an example of what journalists shouldn’t do. The gesturing and half-formed superficial statements; he has never asked a probing question. Journalists have to learn to ask probing statements. This guy merely reflects the conventional wisdom and he shows why the heart of the MacNeil Lehrer Report has been a tedious, centrist, dull unchallenging program.