jlam572 wrote:Romney needs to calm down, he was becoming too impatient...he was going to explode like a nerd in the front row in algebra class who knows the answer. "ooh ooh ms clifton, ms clifton, pick me, pick me *raises hand high*"
Nice Family Guy reference.
I took that behavior more as the "bullying" that Romney had been accused of earlier in the campaign. He's a guy who's used to getting what he wants without worrying about the rules. Certainly, Jim Lehrer wasn't going to stop him from getting the last word. Obama chose to mirror that behavior.
Other than that, I was honestly surprised by how prepared Romney seemed. The polling seems to think that his preparation paid off. I disagree - Romney's answers were obviously canned responses, however well performed they were. He came across as disingenuous to me, especially given that many of his policy positions last night were the exact opposite of those he has been campaigning on for the last 5-7 years.
Obama didn't appear as polished. I chalked that up not to lack of preparation or weakness, but rather to the fact that he was actually thinking about his responses rather than reaching into a mental stack of notecards and reading a prepared talking point.
The most telling moment for me came during the closing statements. Romney spent most of his talking about how bad Obama's policies were and how the country sucks but he's the man to fix it. Obama told us that we're all in it together and that there's work to do, but we can do it as a nation. Even though I understand it's all smoke and mirrors, I like the smoke and mirrors Obama chose to present. It makes me think that he's going to make a real effort to improve the country.
Boiled down to two sentences: Obama wants to be president (again) for us. Romney wants to be president for himself and his rich-ass friends.
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