Debate Recap: Obama ‘Bewildered & Lost Without Teleprompter’


Bewildered and lost without his teleprompter, President Obama flailed all around the debate stage last night. He was stuttering, nervous and petulant. It was like he had been called in front of the principal after goofing around for four years and blowing off all his homework.

Not since Jimmy Carter faced Ronald Reagan has the U.S. presidency been so embarrassingly represented in public. Actually, that’s an insult to Jimmy Carter.

The split screen was most devastating. Mitt Romney spoke forthrightly, with carefully studied facts and details at the ready. He looked right at the president and accused him of being miles out of his depth.

Mr. Obama? His eyes were glued to his lectern, looking guilty and angry and impatient with all the vagaries of Democracy. This debate was seriously chaffing him.

What exactly was Mr. Obama’s strategy here? Did he figure with so many people unemployed in this abomination of an economy he should go for the sympathy vote? Like voters could relate to a guy who is just scared pantsless that he is about to lose his job?

In the middle of the blood-letting segment about jobs, Mr. Romney said good-naturedly: “This is fun.”

Almost pleading, Mr. Obama reached out to the moderator for a lifeline: “You may want to move onto another topic.”

When an unexpected noise went off behind him, Mr. Obama wheeled around to look as if to ask, “Time to go?”


Turns out, it was the first honest thing we have heard from Mr. Obama’s campaign: The president really was absolutely terrible on the debate stage.

Maybe the next debate will be on something other than the economy that won’t be so bad for Mr. Obama. Perhaps they could hold a debate on street organizing.

Who knew anyone on the planet could make Mitt Romney look easy, relaxed, smooth and human?

But Mr. Romney was absolutely on fire Wednesday night. He had command of countless specifics from voters and business owners from all across country.

He explained complex issues clearly, concisely and with good humor. He was not angry. But he was direct and pointed.

“I’ve been in business for 25 years. I have no idea what you’re talking about,” Romney said in the most devastating understatement of the night. “I maybe need to get a new accountant.”

Like a prosecutor in court, Mr. Romney went after Mr. Obama’s record and eviscerated him about the terrible economy and Mr. Obama’s belief in “trickle down government.”

Mr. Romney also came off as genuine by looking Mr. Obama in the eye with every criticism. He also looked moderator Jim Lehrer in the eye when he told him that if he became president he would cut funding to public broadcasting, possibly eliminating his job.

Mr. Obama weakly offered Mr. Lehrer: “You’ve done a great job.”

OK, that’s one vote for Mr. Obama in the sympathy strategy. Just 55 million votes to go.

(Source: Washington Times)


  1. Wow, YWN choosing an opinion piece from a Murdock publication bashing Obama.
    For credibility, try taking a piece from somewhere without such a pronounced anti-obama platform.

    If Obama woke up tomorrow morning and walked across the Potomac, the Washington Times would put on its cover page “President can’t swim”

  2. The Washington Times is a conservative newspaper. The liberal newspapers tended to see Romney as having done well, but don’t see the debate as an Obama fiasco. In following what the goyim are up to, it is best to try to look at both sides of issues to get a balanced perspective. While in Torah issues there is usually, at some point, a “right” and a “wrong”, among goyish matters there is only a “right” and a “left”.

  3. Obama doesn’t have an original thought in his head. He relies only on the teleprompter but can’t string a sentence together. It’s only his rich voice that got him elected, he fooled me for 3 minutes in 2008 until I looked at what he actually said, which was nothing. Romney surprised me, he knew his stuff and his policies were much clearer. A little hesitant & soft in his delivery I thought, but that’s him…a soft-spoken man, not a throwback to the fire & brimstone of Rev Wright. A sparkling night for the Republican campaign, a disaster for Obama.

    By the way, he didn’t slip into “black” dialect. Wonder why??? Could it be that middle America wants a polished, articulate, intelligent President, not an illiterate homie? Well, you know what you have….and what you could change in a few weeks!

  4. To FrumyMcfrum: While you may be correct about the leanings of a Murdock (sic) publication, try on this quote from for size: “Mitt Romney was a more forceful debater, and a CNN poll has him as the clear winner over Barack Obama.”

  5. If last night was representative to how Romney would handle the Middle East (as a friend of Israel) as opposed to Obama’s wimpy appeasements, then Romney is who we want. Let those who watch PBS pay for it.

  6. Can the Yeshiva World moderate please delete the previous comment by computerbubby or at least edit it? I’m no Obama fan, but that comment is too much and a chilul Hashem. Whatever you feel about Obama and his polices calling Obama a “illiterate homie” is nothing but racist. In case you forgot he went to Columbia and Harvard Universities, was editor of the Harvard Law Review, and a professor of Constitutional law for many years. Frum Jews are against him because of his policies, not because of the color of his skin. Don’t give the world the impression frum Jews are racist.

  7. I’m not doing denying that Obama was beaten in the debate by Romney, just questioning why YWN always chooses to post from a Murdock paper, which can barely string together 3 coherent sentences, and is known for an anti-obama platform.

  8. Seeing Obama in a state of disbelief that he was without a teleprompter during this first debate with Gov. Mitt Romney should gives new meaning to the realities of ObamaCare! Obama forced us to PURCHASE it without a single new doctor, whiling hiring 16,000 new IRS agents. ObamaCare exempts Congress and was signed by a president who smokes. It is being funded 4 years prior to taking effect by an already bankrupted government and overseen by an Obese Surgeon General! Congress was asked to pass it to find out what was in the bill and the Supreme Court says it’s a tax! Proving once again that if Obama moves his lips he’s lying!