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Romney's Mile-High Night In Denver

I have just one question after watching Wednesday night’s first presidential debate in Denver: What did the Obama campaign do with the real President Obama?

Who was that guy on stage exactly? Was that the Obama impersonator from Saturday Night Live? Where was the articulate and confident Obama? Was it the altitude or, on a more serious note, was President Obama exposed and schooled by a very knowledgeable, confident businessman?

Put it this way: If this was boxing match, the referee would have stepped in and stopped it. TKO Romney.

The president seemed discombobulated throughout this 90-minute affair in Denver. He seemed to never be able to connect a few thoughts. I lost track after he went off on tangent number 18. How many tangents did he end up having? At one point, he even said to moderator Jim Lehrer, “You may want to move onto another topic.”

Say what? Look, he’s never been the best debater in the world but this rose (or sank) to another level. With all due respect to the president, at times it looked like Mitt Romney was the president and Barack Obama was the overmatched challenger. I suspect things will change a bit in the next two debates but Mitt Romney sure did make a great first impression for voters who might be tuning in seriously for the first time.

This wasn’t just about President Obama’s poor debate performance. It was equally about how strong Romney looked from start to finish. First of all, he was crisp, with command of all of the issues. He looked comfortable and even jovial at times and he was able to effectively weave some personal stories from voters on the campaign trail. It was the perfect mix of policy and personal stories.

In addition, Romney hit it out of the park at the end of the debate when he provided a simple yet clear definition of the role of the federal government. It was a sweeping optimistic view of America, citing the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. I was waiting for balloons to come down from the rafters and the Founding Fathers to greet Romney on stage. Romney was hitting on all cylinders. President Obama was driving a Yugo.

Was the debate a game changer? It’s hard to say because you never know what will transpire in this next month. But what is clear is that Romney proved he could take it to President Obama and has taken a giant leap towards 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Comments on this post

# RE: Romney's Mile-High Night In Denver

Your analysis was spot on. I wasn't able to see the whole debate last night, but what we did see was indeed Romney took it to the President who could not answer him effectively.
Left by KellieC on Oct 04, 2012 2:17 PM

# RE: Romney's Mile-High Night In Denver

Yes, Mr. Brody, Mitt Romney did a splendid Presidential job of last night's debate.
Sadly, CNN had their destructors busy as soon as possible.
Positively, they did replay it often in original form.
Trusting God for a turn around to bless the USA!
Left by star37 on Oct 04, 2012 6:26 PM

# RE: Romney's Mile-High Night In Denver

It is very refreshing to read a debate analysis that is so well written. After four years in office, President Obama has showed what he really is all about.If I was ever for him, that has changed when I started reading about his anti christian / anti religious policies. Just go to WallBuilders.com Here are some examples listed on their web site about his attacks on religious people and organizations. February 2009 – Obama announces plans to revoke conscience protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical activities that go against their beliefs, and fully implements the plan in February.May 2009 – Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House. 4 April 2009 – In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three. and the list goes on to 56 actions. Just read it on the web site. You will not believe it.
Left by ElaMarie144 on Oct 04, 2012 6:51 PM

# RE: Romney's Mile-High Night In Denver

Obama is too overconfident. But He is always that way and he is lazy. doesn't do his homework. I am so praying. and so looking forward to Romney for our new president.
Left by drb1 on Oct 04, 2012 9:50 PM

# RE: Romney's Mile-High Night In Denver

That was the real Obama! No telepromter or short sound bites that can't be immediately addressed! He had to actually face the guy he's been telling all these lies about and it made him real uncomfortable! Obama is a disgrace to the office that he holds. It's doubtful that he's even a legal U.S. citizen!
Left by Dean on Oct 04, 2012 9:55 PM

# RE: Romney's Mile-High Night In Denver

david that was the real Obama, The emporeror has no clothes. and no teleprompter. And the media couldnt help him out. the real obama. Al Gore said it was the altitude so appaently it had a different effect on Romney.
Left by kelly on Oct 04, 2012 11:20 PM

# RE: Romney's Mile-High Night In Denver

David, that wasn't good news for the country? Even the person who signs your paycheck? But you dont have to print this "fair and balanced news correspondent". We understand....
Left by tarheel on Oct 06, 2012 11:44 PM