The first presidential debate of 2012, let’s do this. In what came as a surprise to probably everyone, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney came across as the clear winner.
“In the October 3, 2012 debate, [President] Barack Obama was professorial and pensive. Mitt Romney appeared relaxed and competent … Romney blamed America’s problems on lack of leadership and boasted he had the skills to get Republicans and Democrats to work together,” read a Huffington Post article.
Throughout the debate, Romney appeared and acted assertive, alert and boisterous, the kind of attitude and demeanor that makes me proud to state that I am a Roosevelt Republican.
In contrast, Obama came across as verbose and in dire need of a nap. From start to finish, Romney was clearly the superior debater, as he sparred and jabbed with Obama even as he stated things the president should have easily been able to counter, such as everything he said.
This just proves that although Romney won the debate, the president did not lose. But if Obama didn’t lose, who did?
We the voters did. That’s right, the farce of the debate only proved how royally screwed the American populace may be if things keep going this way.
The president is considered one of the best orators of the modern political era, whereas Romney tends to come across as skillful as a brick. If the president can’t handle a debate, one which included Romney’s opposition to Obamacare, how is he going to fight for reform over the next four years?
If a word of what Romney said in the debate was trustworthy, he’d be a viable candidate. Too bad we live in reality. Although I question even that, considering how the debate unfolded.
Either way, if Romney is willing to once again change his platform, all for the sake of winning a debate, the American people must be truly wary of him. To expect such deceit early in the campaign is one thing, but now is a time for open, honest discussion.
The president failed to inspire confidence in his platform and his administration. Romney, meanwhile, came across as a confident and inspiring leader. Against such passive resistance, will he sway the American people to his ranks? Not likely. But, that’s only one issue of several here.
Romney’s rhetoric can’t be trusted. Obama needs a nap. Our nation is in turmoil and neither of these options is appealing. Our only hope is that the first debate does not set a precedent. Hopefully the president will be able to rally against the opposition, or at least prove he can stay awake for the next four years. As for Romney, well, nice try, but I’m still a Libertarian.
The time for lies has ended. The time for weak oratory has ended. Now is the time for open, honest discussions fueled by a passionate belief in one’s platform. We received neither of those at the debate. Maybe Romney is willing to be honest, and the debate was a new trend. Maybe Obama is truly too worn out from the last four years to continue to lead. Either way, our best option may be to become bear hunters in the Yukon. God save the queen.
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