Will Obama unleash his inner Biden?

Obama camp tips hand on debate, hints president will attack Romney on Bain

As President Obama began to hunker down at a plush resort here for three full days of debate prep, his campaign team signaled the incumbent may steal a page from Vice President Joe Biden and show a more aggressive tone in Tuesday’s second face-to-face showdown with Republican Mitt Romney.

“Gov. Romney has been making pitches all of his life and he knows how to say what people want to hear whether that was during his time at Bain or during the dozens of town halls he did during the primary,” said Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday. “His running mate also left him vulnerable on a number of issues — admitting there was a $5 trillion tax cut, after he denied it, but again failing to explain how they would pay for it, leaving women worried about their ability to make choices about their own health care and failing to articulate their plan for winding down our presence in Afghanistan.”

It’s significant that Psaki previewed the president’s next clash with Romney with an immediate mention of his time at Bain, a word Obama never mentioned during the first presidential debate, in Denver.

Senior campaign adviser David Axelrod said on “Fox News Sunday” that Obama is making “adjustments” before the debate and plans to be more aggressive.


Also noteworthy is that Psaki mentioned Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who faced intense pressure from Biden literally from the first minutes of their one and only vice presidential debate, this past Thursday.

Biden hit Ryan on everything from tax cuts to Iran policy with a ferocity that left Republicans complaining about interruptions and eye-rolling that GOP officials believe will ultimately backfire with undecided voters because of its negativity.

White House officials, however, are raving about Biden’s performance with so many superlatives that they are openly acknowledging that the vice president did a better job of explaining the president’s agenda than Obama himself.

On Friday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, a former Biden aide, opened a briefing with reporters by saying he wanted to assert a “point of personal privilege” to laud the vice president.

If you think the Obama campaign is really gonna reveal their game plan on national television before the debate then I have some real estate at Zuccotti Park I want to sell you. If I was Romney I would expect nothing and be prepared for anything.

Trying to be more aggressive is a minefield for Obama. First of all, it’s not his style. Secondly he’s not very good at it, and not because of that “angry black man” thing the race-baiters like to refer to.

But the real danger is it plays to Romney’s strength. Mitt is an Alpha male. You don’t put together multi-million dollar investment deals unless you have a pair that clang when you walk. Mitt is older and taller and more accomplished that Obama. And you know he’s gonna be ready for an aggressive attack. If Mitt can’t defend his record on Bain no one can.

On the other hand, what choice does Obama have? He needs a decisive victory and he won’t get one playing safe. I really don’t expect a major change of style. My guess is Obama will try to be a little more assertive but will mainly try to improve on his body language – looking at Romney, smiling and trying to appear confident. He’s probably rehearsed some zingers he can use, especially in his closing statement so Romney won’t have a chance to respond.

Obama’s real problem isn’t Romney. Obama’s problem is his record. He can’t change that in a couple days no matter how hard he tries.

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38 Responses to Will Obama unleash his inner Biden?

  1. myiq2xu says:

    I really hope that Obama tries to pull a Biden. I just don’t think he will.

  2. DM says:

    Romney will look at Obama for one or two seconds in silence before he begins his answers. Obama will submissively look down, again because Obama hates criticism. Obama will be Obama.

  3. Huh, I didn’t realize that Romney was taller than Obama, but you’re right. 6’2 to 6’1. According to mythology, the taller man always wins.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Obama had an advantage over Hillary and McCain that he no longer has.

      Romney looks like a stereotypical leader. He is tall and handsome with a full head of hair. Looks can be deceiving but not in this case.

    • DM says:

      Bonaparte would disagree with that. 🙂

      • myiq2xu says:

        Nappy lost his last battle.

        • DM says:

          He made many mistakes, but there’s much to admire in Bonaparte, and much to criticize. The times demanded a Bonaparte to stop the reign of terror in France.

        • myiq2xu says:

          That’s not all he lost:

          People have been fixated on Napoleon’s penis since Napoleon’s doctor allegedly cut it off during his autopsy in 1821 and gave it to a priest in Corsica. The penis, which was not properly preserved, has been compared over the years to a piece of leather, a shriveled eel and to beef jerky. In 1927 when it went on display in Manhattan, TIME weighed in, comparing it to a “maltreated strip of buckskin shoelace.” It’s enough to give anyone a complex! In 1977, a urologist living in New Jersey purchased the modern-day relic for $3,000 and stored it under his bed until he died 30 years later. His daughter inherited Napoleon’s penis and has fielded at least one $100,000 offer.

    • votermom says:

      OPERATOR: The next question is from the line of Brad Klapper with AP. Please, go ahead.

      QUESTION: Hi, yes. You described several incidents you had with groups of men, armed men. What in all of these events that you’ve described led officials to believe for the first several days that this was prompted by protests against the video?

      SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TWO: That is a question that you would have to ask others. That was not our conclusion. I’m not saying that we had a conclusion, but we outlined what happened. The Ambassador walked guests out around 8:30 or so, there was no one on the street at approximately 9:40, then there was the noise and then we saw on the cameras the – a large number of armed men assaulting the compound.

    • mcnorman says:

      Really frightening. I suspect more of this stuff will be leaked in the next coming days.

  4. votermom says:

    • angienc says:

      Obama really is an ungrateful bastard. If Bill still goes to Cleveland this week (which, btw, if Obama is so far ahead in Ohio, why does he need Bill & Bruce Springsteen in the very blue Cleveland? — shouldn’t that be a “lock” by this time?) then I don’t know what to think.

      • If ever there was a time for Bill to “call in sick” now is it. (He DID have heart surgery and he has lost a whole lot of weight- so who would have the balls to call him out on it?)

  5. angienc says:

    Jen Psaki said Saturday. “His running mate also left him vulnerable on a number of issues — admitting there was a $5 trillion tax cut, after he denied it,

    First of all, I actually think that Jen Psaki (the redheaded Obama spokesperson) has some type of mental disability (unlike Stephanie Cutter who is obviously just corrupt but can actually *think*). Psaki sounds like an animatronic spokesperson.

    But more importantly, Ryan did not “admit” there was a $5 trillion tax cut after denying it — he said quite plainly Romney’s plan was revenue neutral. For the love of fuck, can these people even understand English?

  6. lyn5 says:

    Obama is a trash talker. That plays only to his base. Obama can win the next two debates, but it doesn’t erase his meltdown during the first one. That was the game changer.

  7. Constance says:

    I am not up for another debate, I’m going out to the gym Tuesday night and I’ll catch up when I get home. I agree Obama will revert to himself after the first few minutes, anyone would. The real problem for Obama is Romney showed himself to be a good choice in the first debate. This debate won’t have as many viewers and even if Obama “wins” he won’t take away the impression Romney made. I think my ballot will come this week and I can’t wait to mark and return it and then have this whole noise over with.

  8. HELENK says:

    question I would like to be asked.
    mr president
    on your watch many deaths in Mexico and two border agents due to fast and furious.
    4 men in Benghazi due to lack of security.
    while this was going on you were vacationing, golfing, campaigning, fund raising.and being eye candy on tv.
    your vice president seems to thing the whole thing is a huge joke.
    how many have to die before you start taking it seriously???

    • mcnorman says:

      He’ll reply, “talk to Valerie.”

      • mcnorman says:

        This is the most unattached POTUS that we have had ever. Nixon was an arrogant ass, but this guy doesn’t have a clue. He’s told when to perk up and talk, given his playdates for golfing, assigned a schedule of when to show up for whatever (The View?) and when to read the TOTUS. He is the proverbial empty chair. Never has it been more clear than now that he doesn’t run the country.

  9. HELENK says:


    today’s unskewed polls

    looking good for Romney

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