Thursday, October 4, 2012

Is that your what-the-F-did-he-just-say face?

On Politics

We can all agree that the president lost the first debate – and no, that was not a typo.   The real question is why.

Detractors are saying he was unprepared, or that he is out of his league when faced with the successful businessman, storied governor, savior of the Olympics and one-time prep-school Mr. popular, Mitt  The Sh*#  Romney.

But I saw something else up there.   And, no, this is not spin.  I already admit he lost.

Rewind the tape to the first five minutes of the debate.  After the two strut out, shake hands and thank the fine the people of the university and the universe for allowing them to argue in public.   Watch for it and you’ll see it.

It happens right after Obama references the $8 billion dollar hole in the budget the Romney tax cuts for the rich would cause - a number, by the way, that was not made up by Obama, but rather has been around for a while and is generally accepted as true. It is the moment that set the tone for the debate.

It was when Mitt Romney flat our fibbed about the size of his tax cut, sounding like a well-practiced teen denying a truth in such a convincing way that even the all-knowing parent begins to doubt the truth.  Romney gave the, I-don’t-even-know-what-you’re-talking about defense.  He did it convincingly.  Like a professional fibber.   And the president began to doubt reality.

In an instant, BO looked confused, bewildered, and unsure.  And that’s when the what-the-F-did-he-just-say face happened.  The President of the United States was just lied to, and he didn’t know how to respond.
He knew what his campaign had told him: You’re winning, don’t attack, stay above the fray.  He probably wanted to say, "What the F did you just say?" But he couldn’t.

So he looked inward. Maybe his facts were wrong. Maybe it wasn’t $8 billion. Maybe these aren’t the droids I am looking for. Maybe.

His ship was rocked.  His plan foiled.  His debate lost.  All because he never expected such a bold-faced lie from his opponent.  Not in the first five minutes, and not on something as widely known as the $8 Billion dollar hole his tax cut and budget would cause.

Maybe next time, he will expect it. 


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