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October 7, 2012

HOPKINS: Where was the president Wednesday?

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — He didn’t prepare. That was plainly evident. The man didn’t defend his record. Although there’s not much to show for his four years of vapidity, President Obama didn’t even attempt to refute some of Romney’s exaggerations, of which there were plenty. (Obama had his own litany of “mis-truths,” too.)

He spent too much time on the fairways and hob-nobbing with his Hollywood pals than brushing up on policy, history, economics and the future of our country. This was evident well before the debate in Denver. When half of Colorado was burning just a few weeks ago he was nowhere to be found, unless you turned on your favorite morning talk show.

Apparently he thought he could get by on a Cliff’s Notes version of the debate.

In case you didn’t figure it out by the end of the second paragraph, I’m not a fan of our president. However, I tuned in Wednesday expecting to see a good debate, with sharp answers to questions and some good verbal sparring from both sides.

Mitt Romney delivered. Sadly, Barack Obama did not. It’s disappointing because the president is a very talented orator and it’s easy to see why Democrats and liberals get so excited when he talks.

Barack Obama’s “ahhs” and “ums” are well known. However, they’re usually uttered when he’s looking for the precise word to punctuate his thought or statement. It almost always works for him. On Wednesday it backfired, horrendously, and Romney benefited with a huge swing in the undecided vote.

Who knows? Maybe this first debate was Obama’s “rope-a-dope” and he’ll come out swinging for the fences when he and Romney reconvene on Long Island for round two. He has to survive Thursday’s Joe Biden-Paul Ryan debate first.

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