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October 7, 2012

HOPKINS: Where was the president Wednesday?

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — It was only one debate, but on Wednesday night Mitt Romney showed he’s in this presidential election to win it. President Obama? He looked like the high schooler who partied all weekend and forgot there was a major test on Monday.

The president didn’t look presidential at all. I don’t know what was worse: his constant staring down at the podium as Romney went up one side of him and down the other, or his stream of umms and ahhs as he struggled vainly to make coherent sentences.

To paraphrase the president, he didn’t prepare and as a consequence he didn’t look or sound good and as a consequence he got his tail handed to him and as a consequence he’s licking his wounds.

Meanwhile, Romney was crisp and articulate. He came out swinging and hit all the right notes. He looked and sounded confident. At least one of these guys realizes that there’s something at stake in November.

I had to laugh when I heard the president’s apologists after the debate. Chris Matthews on MSNBC said Obama needs to watch his network more, especially Al Sharpton. Yeah, that’s what the president needs to do: listen to a frothing-at-the-mouth blowhard.

Then there was the “Internet inventor” Al Gore, who blamed Obama’s performance on, of all things, the mile-high altitude of Denver. To quote the president, “ummmm” no. I’m surprised they didn’t accuse Romney of gaining an unfair advantage by spending time in a hypobaric chamber.

I don’t know what happened to President Obama on Wednesday — outside of his inability to use a TelePrompTer for the debate — but he certainly mailed this one in. However, I have a couple of guesses as to why he looked so miserable.

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