How’d Obama do tonight? Not so good, says Michael Moore and other Obama-maniacs

- October 3rd, 2012

How’d President Obama do tonight in the first of three presidential debates? I think he tanked. But don’t take my word for it. Look at the Twitter feed for some well-known Obama-maniacs. Cue Storify: 

Democrats on Obama’s debate performance

Wasn’t good ..

Storified by David Akin · Wed, Oct 03 2012 19:46:40

i can’t believe i’m saying this, but Obama looks like he DOES need a teleprompterBill Maher
Please, Mr. President, passion! Don’t treat the debate like a law school class. I’m afraid you’re going to discuss torts.Nicholas Kristof
I am bored silly by Obama. If I am bored silly by this wonkish lecture, and his refusal to rebut specifics, i.e. lies, he’s in trouble.Andrew Sullivan
I hope Obama is looking distracted because a team of Navy Seals is taking out Zawahiri right now. #DebatesNicholas Kristof
Obama made a lot of great points tonight. Unfortunately, most of them were for RomneyBill Maher
Obama’s debate team gets flushed tomorrow morning. You can’t let this happen again. And read the president the Riot Act.Warren Kinsella
My only hope is that the debate is so boring people won’t see how bad obama is doingPeter Beinart
This is what happens when u pick John Kerry as your debate coach.Michael Moore
How is Obama’s closing so fucking sad, confused, lame? He choked. He lost. He may even have lost election tonight. http://thebea.st/RdXvE9Andrew Sullivan
my rating: Romney won the debate, Obama had the facts on his side, and Lehrer sucked. Next debate, get @SethMacFarlane to host!Bill Maher
Obama was at his best in his closing statement, presumably because it was all prepared. But he was very rusty tonight.Nicholas Kristof
What’s that silence I hear? No one throwing a party? No one saying this election is a slam dunk for Obama? What happened to the victory lap?Michael Moore
Obama at his best is such a gifted speaker. But tonight I’m afraid he seemed passive, distracted & defensive. Your take?Nicholas Kristof
Yes we can? No, he didn’t. Not tonight.Warren Kinsella
I just don’t know what to say. Romney changed stripes again tonite, spoke many untruths and like a thief stole the night.Michael Moore

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5 comments

  1. Gabby in QC says:

    “Obama at his best is such a gifted speaker” states Nicholas Kristof.

    I agree … except that Obama’s oratory soars because of a teleprompter providing the wings. However, when speaking sans wings, he hems & haws, pauses, searches for words, and becomes like the rest of us mere mortals.

    I noticed Obama opened with the very same line — about the best thing that he ever did was marry Michelle — that he used to open his speech at the Democratic convention.

    Depending on one’s perception, there were either too many specifics or not enough specifics. The PBS panelists said there were too many; some US radio commentators, pundits, professors and the like thought there weren’t enough. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln: You can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.

    IMO, Romney won this round. I hope he makes it a three-peat.

  2. Denise Paulsen says:

    Um. A little disappointed you include no tweets from women. Not one. What’s that about.

  3. Ken says:

    Start packing your bags Mr.Obama.There is a new sherriff taking over and his name is Mitt Romney.A One Term President is all your gonna be.

  4. Elaine Murray says:

    Romney kicked Obama’s ass. It is all down hill from here for Obama. Obama doesn’t stand a chance in the upcoming foreign policy debate, that will be the coup de grace for him.

  5. C. Hutchison says:

    Mitt Romney sounded like a President. Not the weak leader that has been in the White House these past four years.. OBAMA you are FIRED!!!

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