Huffington Post’s headline immediately after the debate was: Barack Is Back! Unlike the last debate, President Obama came out swinging. He had his gloves laced up and served Romney what could be considered a knockout in last night’s debate. The candidates sparred over everything from the budget, Libya, immigration and the job market. There were plenty of times when Romney rudeness reared it’s ugly head, but the President did his best to keep his own momentum going.
President Obama didn’t take any mess from Romney, even at times dishing out a taste of his own medicine. You could tell that Candy Crawley, the moderator, was getting a bit antsy when it came to each of the candidates attempting to out talk each other, but she managed to come to Obama’s defense, when Romney questioned him about Libya and the lack of responsiveness after the attacks.
“I think it’s interesting the president said something, which is on the day after the attack he went in the Rose Garden and said this was an act of terror,” Romney said incredulously. “You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack, it was an act of terror? It was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you are saying?”
“Please proceed, governor,” Obama responded.
Of course everyone knows that didn’t exactly happen the way Romney remembers it. This was the moment where Crawley jumped in. She pointed out that the President did use the word “terror” on the day after the attacks occurred.
“No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for,” Obama said, toward the end of his speech that day.
There were plenty of highlights and zingers during the debate. Whereas Obama seemed self-confident, one could smell Romney’s air of arrogance. When the debates took a turn from the discussion of immigration to pensions and Cayman money, Romney tried to corner Obama in with accusations of his own investments overseas.
“Any investments I have over the last eight years have been managed by a blind trust and I understand they do include investments outside of the United States, including Chinese companies,” said Romney. “Mr. President have you looked at your pension?” “Have you looked at your pension?” Romney said, turning to Obama and walking toward him. “I don’t look at my pension. It’s not as big as yours, so it doesn’t take as long,” Obama said as the audience laughed.
Who do you think won last night’s debate? Did you feel Obama came better prepared this time?