Thursday, October 4, 2012
Where was Obama's knock out punch during debate?
Will someone tell me where was Barack Obama on last night? Was that a stunt double on stage standing in as Obama went on a date to celebrate his wedding anniversary with Michelle? I have to ask. He didn’t show up last night.
It could have been fatigue or problems with the formant. It’s possible that Obama was out of sync due to the flip flopping taking place by Romney. It’s hard to stay on focus when your adversary changes his mind more than a bachelor in a room of single women.
Obama supporters have to admit that Romney won this one. Romney came out aggressive, something Obama should have expected, and made a number of comments that set him up for a few uppercuts to the chin. Obama could have knocked him out easily, but refused to counterpunch when Romney left himself wide open.
“Knock him out Prez,” I wanted to shout after Romney made a comment about tax breaks for companies who ship jobs overseas. “You got him now. Take him down!”
“You said you get a deduction for getting a plant overseas. Look, I’ve been in business for twenty-five years. I have no idea what you’re talking about. I maybe need to get a new accountant,” That was an open shot. It was a chance for Obama to shift the conversation to Romney’s role as head of Bain Capital.
“So, what were the advantages of your shipping jobs overseas? How did that benefit middle class Americans?” That’s what I wanted to hear.
Romney left himself wide open when he started talking about cutting funding for PBS. With all the negative programming on the airwaves, Obama could have talked about the generations of youth who have benefited from Sesame Street. The nerve of Romney to use axing Big Bird as an example of how he plans to trim trillions from the federal budget while PBS support represents 0.012 percent of the federal budget. Is that the best you have Mitt. Come on man!
Obama rope-a-doped Romney the entire debate – vintage Ali versus Foreman style. He stayed on the ropes blocking the jabs thrown at the integrity of his Presidency. “Get off the ropes,” I kept yelling. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!”
I wanted Obama to talk about the forty-seven percent of Americans that Romney labeled moocher of the system. “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” That’s what Romney said in that video that exposed the way he thinks about folks on Social Security and Medicare. When Lehrer asked the question about the role of government, Obama should have pushed Romney with government not being limited to the fifty-three percent Romney represents.
“Punch him for thinking we’re stupid,” I wanted to scream. “Come on man, hit his ass!”
“So if you’re sixty or around sixty or older, you don’t need to listen any further,” Romney said, after claiming that those people wouldn’t see their benefits change. So, let me get this straight, the rest of us can take a break. No biggie, right! I’m there for the people who are set to receive it, but the rest of you may need to get vouchers. That’s supposed to make us feel better. Once again, come on man!
Hit him with comments he’s made. How does a young person borrow from their parents to go to college when their parents have no money? What did you mean when you told people to take the sick to the emergency room? How will your changes impact women? Stick and roll Obama! Stick and roll!
There were numerous opportunities to stuff Romney’s mouth with a fist large enough to stop the flip in the middle of the flop. It felt like Obama was biting his tongue. It felt like he was taking the high road by saving the whip ass for another day. Why? What is it all about? Is Obama too weak to punch, or was it all a rope-a-dope strategy to set Romney up for another round?
Maybe Obama would rather tell his story while Romney rants about the failures of the President. In other words, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words…,” you know the rest. Maybe Obama is more intent on telling his truth, and less interested in exposing the flip flopper on the other side of the ring. As much as we want to see a knock out, it could be that Obama is more concerned with simply telling his story.
It takes a bigger man not to fight back. It’s hard to turn the other cheek. As for me, I’ll turn the cheek long enough to sucker you in for a punch.
Then I’m putting you on the canvas. Knock out after a few rounds.
Knock him out Prez! Get off those ropes and swing!
Show him how the forty-seven percent fights back.