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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 9 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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VST
Bountiful, UT

That excuse (he has more on his plate) is almost as lame as Al Gore's claim the Obama was oxygen-deprived due to the elevation of Denver above sea level.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Just remember the first debate of 2004: John Kerry eviscerated G. W. Bush, Bush won anyway. In the first debate of 1984, Walter Mondale was the clear winner. Reagan appeared confused and muddled, many people thought that the debate showed him to be clearly too old for the job. Reagan won anyway.

In the larger scope of tings, debates rarely make much difference.

1conservative
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

Except that he DOESN'T do much with those duties he's assigned.

Instead, he plays golf and asks Hollywood hot shots for money so he can play ever more golf at taxpayer expense.

As far as Big Bird, would YOU pay 450 million of your OWN money to keep him on television?

If not, why should the taxpayers pay that same amount to have a big yellow bird teach the ABC's?

Mc
West Jordan, UT

If Obama spent more time doing his job he would have been plenty prepared. No time for debate prep, meeting with world leaders at the UN, intelligence briefings, or figuring out a budget that could actually pass, but he always has time for late night TV, the View, golf, and expensive vacations.

MacMama
Sandy, UT

If President Obama had actually spent his time being a leader and governing, this might actually be a good excuse. However, in actuality, he has spent his time fundraising and appearing on talk shows like The View instead of actually doing the job he was elected to do. The day following the death of 4 Americans in Libya, he left for a fundraising tour, instead of dealing with this crisis- which involved the failure of our State Dept to provide sufficient security and the mad scramble to cover it up and lie about it.
The excuse that he had no time to prepare is just about as lame as Al Gore's excuse that the altitude in Denver affected him. No excuses- it just showed that he was arrogant enough that he thought it wouldn't matter- he could come in and win with his obvious intelligence. Wrongo bongo!
As far as PBS and Big Bird- if they are that popular, they should be able to survive in the free market economy and not need tax dollars to stay on the air.

SamiAntha
Murray, UT

Can this person be serious?? I think my head is going to explode if I hear one more LAME excuse for Obama's debate performance. I must say ditto to the other comments pointing out all the time wasting activites the Presdient is engaged in. They are right on.
"Big Bird" doesn't need federal funding for Pete sake. I can only imagine how much money Sesame Street gets from all the Sesame Street toys that are sold. The whole thing is beyond stupid.

pipercomanche
West Jordan, UT

What ever gets you progressive liberal democrats though the day.

Whatever
Springville, UT

So someone finally gets Romney to actually answer a question about what he would do if elected and the one thing that he says is that he would cut Big Bird from the budget. Wow. Amazing. All those years of being a benevolent job creator and he comes up with an absolutely brilliant idea to cut the budget by 0.012 percent. A whole 0.012 percent. Very impressive...

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

What Obama wasn't prepared for was the bold version of Mitt Romney who walks back his proposals and then lies in a national debate. But Obama should've been prepared for this Romney. The Republicans have learned they are appealing to low information viewers and therefore can say anything. Ryan's convention speech was panned for the unprecedented amount of lying.

PeanutGallery
Salt Lake City, UT

You're right, Pat Fox-Jacobson. Pres. Obama had vital commitments, such as playing golf, rubbing shoulders with celebrities, ignoring our allies, appearing on late night talk shows, and flying off to fund raisers in the face of national security threats. He just didn't have time to prepare for those pesky debates. Now I understand.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@1conservative
"As far as Big Bird, would YOU pay 450 million of your OWN money to keep him on television?"

Well seeing as I'm not Mitt Romney, I don't have 450 million of my own money I can give. However, there are 300 million or so americans so I think my share of the bill to keep him on TV is $1.50. I'm cool with that.

@Whatever
"A whole 0.012 percent. Very impressive..."

Hey he also said he'd get rid of Obamacare and since Obamacare is fully paid for because of the Medicare cuts and taxes in it that means total repeal of it leads to a deficit increase according to the CBO analysis, something like 100 billion over 10 years. So it's more like Romney is cutting the deficit by -.3%.

KDave
Moab, UT

What is the response by the Pres? Liar liar pants on fire. Are we still in the third grade? It is time to put the adults in charge.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

So this is the latest Fox News spin, that President Obama doesn't work very hard at his job? Incredible. Why? Because he doesn't spend half his Presidency clearing brush on his ranch in Texas?
Here's what I promise you: you wouldn't be able to manage his work load.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

It's never Obama's fault, is it? It's not his fault that he knew nothing about the economy. It's not his fault that he didn't even know the two-minute rule. It's not his fault that he tried to bully both Jim and Mitt into giving him more time to ramble on about things that had nothing to do with the question. It's not his fault! It's never his fault! He was dealt a bad hand.

Just what was he so busy doing?

He's just like some of my grandchildren. When we ask them to help, they say, "I'm busy." When I look around the corner, they're busy - watching TV or playing a video game.

What "game" has he been playing instead of running the country?

Republicantthinkstraigh
Anywhere but, Utah, Utah

George Bush had more vacation days than Obama... Sorry Obama can't disclose everything behind the scenes... Kinda hard to debate a pathological, flip flopper that takes multiple stances on multiple issues. For once, I wish Mitt Romney would stand by anything. We democrats would respect him a lot more if he would stand firmly on any issue. But at this point, know one knows what he stands for. Obama will expose Mitt in these next debates, gloves are coming off and its about time. Ryan will be way over his head in this debate. Biden is not the passive kinda guy, he will call Ryan out on all of his lies. Watch.

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

PBS spending is symbolic of the bigger picture. If we can't stop borrowing money from China to subsidize a commercially-viable children's show, how will we ever find the backbone to make the hard choices?

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

"So this is the latest Fox News spin,that President Obama doesn't work very hard at his job?"

No: It comes from Entertainment Weekly (as part of it's investigative journalism highlighting Obama's top secret peace-keeping and economic summit meetings with with Beyonce and George Clooney)

"What Obama wasn't prepared for was the bold version of Mitt Romney who walks back his proposals and then lies in a national debate."

Seeking truth involves more than repeating Stephanie Cutters lies. And repeating them ad nauseum does not make them true.

Obama's version of "Truth": "My mother was denied health coverage as she died of cancer" "I will cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term" "Obamacare is not a tax" " Oil production is the highest it has been in years" "Solyandra was not our program per se" "Since I've been president spending has risen at the slowest pace in 60 years" "Fast and furious was begun by the previous administration" "The Libya attack was spontaneous" "Romney is a liar"

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

The liberals have put forth many excuses for the dismal performance by Obama. Why not be honest and admit the real reason behind Obama's stupor: As Al Gore pointed out, Denver is at a high elevation and Obama was suffering from oxygen starvation.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I don't want to make excuses for President Obama. Romney's a lightweight and the President should be able to clean his clock.

VST
Bountiful, UT

Regardless of all the anti-Romney excuses (he lies, he flip-flops, he reinvents himself, he is not genuine, etc.), here is the big problem facing die-hard Obama supporters due to the results of this debate:

The debate drew seventy million viewers, double the audience for Obama's convention acceptance speech. As the New Yorker magazine pointed out in an article, those extra tens of millions of viewers include a great many voters deemed to be "low information" voters. For them, emotional impressions count for more than specifics.

Romney was lively; he was relaxed; he was confident. His answers were crisp and well organized. He was plainly enjoying himself. He looked presidential and in command of the debate.

Obama, for his part, looked tired and drawn. He seemed distracted, as if suppressing anxiety. He was plainly, not enjoying himself.

To be sure, impressions are subjective, but to those tens of millions of "low information" voters, those impressions do influence how they may vote on Election Day. Recent polls are now showing the shift. Romney's likeability factor is now at 50% (matching Obama's 49%) in the Pew poll and he leads among likely voters 49% to 45%.

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