Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Presidential Debate #1 Recap: The President is Cut!

I wonder if anyone will blame the thin air for something...
Well...the first presidential debate is in the books. In one corner, you had Mitt Romney, of Massachusetts, Bain Capital and the most patronizing facial expressions of all time. In the other, you had Barack Obama, who has become so embattled at this point that it is hard to remember this is the same guy who has been compared to Cyrus from The Warriors on numerous occasions (here's the link, for those who missed it: Link).

Let me quickly say that I'm not voting for either of these guys...naturally. But...I have to say that I was not prepared for the unbelievable smackdown Mitt Romney laid on the President tonight. At one point, Barack Obama actually asked Jim Lehrer to move onto the next issue. I think he was hoping we'd think that it was because they were beating a dead horse - unfortunately, I think he was the dead horse at that point.

I honestly don't know what to think, at this point. I have predicted that no one could beat Obama since last year, and I stood by that prediction without any question until tonight. I don't know...I'm not sure if I'm ready to call it the other way, but when I think I read the President's lips at the end to say, "I'll win in Danbury," it's pretty clear how this one went.

Romney was clear, decisive, logical, prepared and at one point, successfully compared the President's policies to the lies his sons tell him. The President kept smiling to himself, almost ironically, as if he wanted to simply scream back, "F*** YOU! ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? I THINK I KNOW WHAT THE ANSWER TO THOSE WILL BE, TOO!!!" 

So I guess we're going to see if this turns out to be an election after all. None of the polls had Mitt in the lead before tonight - I'm wondering what they'll say tomorrow.

Lastly...does anyone know when Jim Lehrer turned into Milton from Office Space? "Excuse me, Mr. President...I believe you have my stapler."