Spin, spin, spin

Remember when Obama was Mr. Smoove? Not anymore:

President Obama’s campaign spokeswoman said she’s concerned Obama will sound too “professorial” to resonate with the low-information voters tuning into the presidential campaign for the first time during this week’s debate.

“[W]hat the American [people] are looking for is not just a professorial list of facts or accomplishments or even goals,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said yesterday as part of her ongoing, almost-comical attempt to lower expectations going into the debates. She then lamented that Obama “has a tendency to give longer, substantive answers.” …

Maybe it has to do with their target audience. “He wants to speak directly to the families — the people who are on their couches at home, having snacks, drinking a beer, drinking soda, whatever it is, and tuning in for the first time — and that’s who he’s speaking directly to,” she said.

Obama campaign mouthpiece Stephanie “He’s a FELON!” Cutter says that history favors the challenger in the first presidential debate. ORLY?

Who won the Carter-Ford debate isn’t clear, but Ford made a gaffe about Poland that was criticized. Carter and Reagan held a single debate. Reagan was considered the winner. Mondale won the first debate with Reagan prompting calls to “Let Reagan be Reagan” because Ronnie supposedly over-prepared. Reagan won the second. The Big Dawg kicked Dole’s and Perot’s asses, but he always wins debates. George W. Bush was declared the winner of every debate because he didn’t shit himself.

That’s a total of five “first” debates between incumbents and challengers, and the incumbent won two of them.

I’ll probably be watching the debate and I expect Romney to win, but I also expect that regardless of what actually happens Obamanation will declare that Obama pulled an upset victory.

Even if he shits himself.

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84 Responses to Spin, spin, spin

  1. carol haka says:

    A wet noodle should be able to beat Hussein in a debate, even a low informational noodle! 👿

  2. angienc says:

    So TeamObama & the MSM (but I repeat myself) have finally figured out that the months the spent outrageously slandering Romney as a cancer-giving, blood sucking, felonious robot moron is going to blow up in their faces once the general public sees him standing next to the SCoaMF.

    Regardless of what actually happens at the debate, the post-debate narrative is written — Obama, despite all that presidentin’ that kept him from practicing, will drone on with his endless word salad (in between his stutters ‘uhs’) and be declared the “winner” or, on the chance that Romney is the second-coming of Clarence Darrow, the narrative will be that the debate was a “draw” wherein Romney didn’t “do enough” to turn around his stumbling campaign.

    Of course, none of it matters — as Days rightfully pointed out a few days ago, on 11/6/12 Obama’s going to lose anyway.


  3. Lulu says:

    Obama has problems. His campaign has realized that he is poor on policy, thin skinned and an asshole. After three and half years on the job he still doesn’t know squat.

    “The president has been working on blunting his barbs nearly as much as he’s been trying to sharpen his policy responses in closed-door sessions led by his senior campaign adviser David Axelrod, former White House communications director Anita Dunn and Democratic debate guru Ron Klain, according to Democrats close to the president.”

    • yttik says:

      “His campaign has realized that he is poor on policy, thin skinned and an asshole.”

      ROFL! Isn’t that the truth?

  4. myiq2xu says:

    I made lasagne for dinner but I boo-booed. I usually use Italian sausage instead of hamburger but I accidentally used the hot kind instead of mild.

    It came out REALLY good.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Hot sausage is the best 😀 My Italian immigrant grandmother (R.I.P) rolls over in her grave whenever I use Prego and Johnson’s Hot Italian sauage in my sauce. 😉

  5. myiq2xu says:

    His campaign is telling the truth for once. Obama is a lousy debater. He gives rambling answers and he has no command of policy details. He doesn’t think on his feet either.

    He lost every single debate against Hillary, even with the media helping him and including the ones where she was outnumbered 7-1.

    He wasn’t very impressive against McCain either, and McCain is a stiffy.

    I would love to watch him try to debate Newt Gingrich. Newt would eat his lunch and drink his milkshake too.

    • yttik says:

      He lost every single debate and all he had to do was answer yes or no to whether or not he needed a pillow with his juice box and his nap.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Team Obam-bam is certainly lowering the bar for his expected Debate performance….oh, he has a day job and no time to prepare like RomRom The Rich Guy !

    • insanelysane says:

      And don’t forget Obama copied Hillary’s homework every time.

      Remember…Hillary actually asked the debate mods when she WASN’T going to get the first question.

      Obama had NOTHING to add to the debate…just long on words and short on content.Except for that total novie blunder saying he would YES, sit down with Ahmadinejad and any other rougue.
      Hillary called him up on it and she was exactly right.
      He is a snot nosed punk.

      I wanna see him squirm./ I really think Mitt may sling a good debate.

  6. fif says:

    “Longer, substantive answers” (aka: bullshit).

  7. yttik says:

    The Seattle Times just gave the most pathetic Obama endorsement ever. It’s downright suicidal. We’d rather jump off a bridge than vote for this miserable clusterfuck of a failure, but what choice do we have?

    You have a choice. Jump!

    • Black&Right says:

      More to the topic I think we all know they are playing the lower the expectation game. All he has to do is show up, remember he simply votes “present” and gets a gold star!

    • angienc says:

      There are hardly “rules” here re: posting “off topic” in threads, so you’re cool.

      I had to respond to that entitled hipster brat (under Hank DeCat,my “FB” posting account):

      You really should apply for a financial hardship deferment on your student loans until you start making more money, because *that* process has a lower threshold than the one for someone with an iPhone who shops at Trader Joe’s qualifying for food stamps does (and if you can’t figure out why that is, you wasted your time & money at that school).
      And, in fact, you are not “entitled” to eat things for which you don’t pay (or hunt down) — we feed the poor in this country through programs like SNAP, WIC, etc or through charitable organizations because we are a *compassionate* nation & it is the right thing to do — “right” as in “good” not “right” as in “entitlement.” Feeding the poor is CHARITY — whether it is through taxpayer funded government programs, religious programs or private enterprise/non-profits. The fact that you don’t understand that shows the problem with your whole mindset.

      • She could get rid of her damn IPhone. Her internet connection. Hell the pic of her fridge? I have personally had less in mine on occasion. And you are correct- she needs to apply for a deferment,

      • Black&Right says:

        Thanks for the info on the rules.

        I think these programs should be a safety net. People get so caught up in consumerism that they think they NEED an iphone, or they saw a movie so now they want to “find themselves.” Sadly life, doesn’t work that way. My generation heard so many times how awful the 9-5 life is and how we shouldn’t dare be an office drone. Office drones have nice pay and benefits, you can do a hobby on your vacation or after hours.

  8. Captain Quark says:

    Romney won’t do a McCain flail & fail, and I expect he will put BHO on the defensive. The trick will be to win the battle to shape the media narrative about the debate. I expect team Romney to face an uphill battle on that front, but they’ll have an opening if they give some pushback to the established pro-BHO narrative.

  9. HELENK says:

    iowa hawk

    Stand-in for Romney in Obama debate prep: John Kerry. Stand in for Biden in Ryan debate prep: Honey Boo Boo.

  10. carol haka says:

    Hillary is in big trouble. Turn on Hannity. New pictures when Brirish Ambassadoe attacked months earlier. Sickening that people were even put into those people. 👿 newt ripping Obama a new one. 👿

    • myiq2xu says:


      “Romney needs to be firm, direct and clear.”

    • carol haka says:

      Newt asked the same question I did – why did we even have people on the ground there when it has had 60 attacks – they are just finding out it is 61 attacks vs 16 they reported. Huge coverup. :evilo

  11. DandyTiger says:

    Of course, as we saw in the Dem primaries, if any of the moderators actually ask Obama a hard question, he will stomp his feet, be pissed, and cancel any subsequent debates.

  12. carol haka says:

    Just a caution – for those who haven’t tuned into Homeland on HBO, do but don’t try to watch all 12 episodes in 16 hours like I did. I need counseling and medication. 👿

  13. angienc says:

    Speak of the Devil — AP/Yahoo reports Obama says debate prep is “a drag.”

    President Barack Obama, holed up at a swank Las Vegas-area resort to get ready for his first debate with Mitt Romney, jokingly told a volunteer on Monday that debate prep can be “a drag.”

    Obama popped in his campaign’s field office in Henderson, Nev., to give staff there a pep talk and phone a few volunteers, including Andrea Stinger. Pool reporter Carol Lee of the Wall Street Journal collected his comments.

    “We had a great prep, and it was a lot of fun,” he told Stinger. “It’s very nice. Although basically they’re keeping me indoors all the time. It’s a drag. They’re making me do my homework.”

    Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined to shed much light on the president’s debate prep sessions, in which Democratic Sen. John Kerry has been playing Romney. But she again described how one of Obama’s key goals was battling his tendency to be long-winded.

    The president is trying to “make sure he is sharpening his answers and shortening the time it takes to make them.”


  14. DM says:

    My $.02 about the debate. Obama will be on the attack, but Romney will be mellow and detailed. It’s going to be close. The problem for Obama is that if he uses his tongue to spray poison, he might say things he’ll regret.

  15. Captain Quark says:

    Speaking of debates, Scot Brown apparently just screwed the pooch by announcing that Scalia is his favorite SCOTUS justice. This is unlikely to help build his “Mr. Moderate” brand. Fuck it, I need a drink.

  16. The Columbus Dispatch poll that came out yesterday that showed Obama ahead by 9 points had a sample of 704 Democrats, 561 Republicans, and 321 Independents. This paper has a phenomenal track record with their polls, and the paper is a Republican paper. It is dumbfounding to imagine that this was their sample. Ohio is 30% registered Republicans, 33% registered Democrats and the rest Independents. I’m no pollster, but I can count and this poll doesn’t make any real sense.

    Meanwhile, this poll is being quoted by every MSM outlet……

    • DandyTiger says:

      If you unskew it, that puts Romney ahead. Here’s the thing with these heavily skewed polls, the people reporting and running the campaigns know what’s going on. Which is why on the Obama side they’re sounding panicked about getting out the vote. Right now it looks like about 50% of the people for Obama aren’t going to vote. He’s toast. Yeah, I said it.

  17. I am training for my first half marathon since I got my cancer diagnosis two years ago. It will be on Oct. 21—-woo hoo!!! So, I am stretching out my long runs. I did a 10 miler on Saturday, and for the last 3 miles, I ran through an upper middle class black neighborhood. Four years ago, it was plastered with Obama signs—-I mean PLASTERED!!!! And the signs went up early. When I did my 3-mile loop through this neighborhood, I saw two Obama signs and that was it. If he is so far ahead, where are the signs? I’m hardly seeing them anywhere…….

    • Erica says:

      Good luck on your run.

      I’m not seeing many signs or bumper stickers here in Obamaland, either.

    • Karma says:

      Great news about being strong and healthy. Most people couldn’t make just the three mile loop. 😉

      And nice that your training isn’t interrupted by political kool-aid. I’ve only seen a couple Obama bumper stickers out here in the Central Valley but it was on a Prius so that doesn’t count.

  18. carol haka says:

    We need a drinking game for everytime Obama says “well look …” And, everytime Mitt’s is asked to answer first. And, you know damn well Obama is going to have a plant in his ear being fed answers. 👿

  19. foxyladi14 says:

    He doesn’t think on his feet more like with his feet. 😆

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