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President Obama lacked zing in debate without zest

The presidential debate hyped as an exercise in meticulously planned zingers had little zing.

And President Obama was doubly zinger-less Wednesday night in Denver.

He was flat. He meandered more than Republican Mitt Romney.

Obama used lots of numbers. But it sounded like a calculus lesson at times. It wasn’t the 2+2=4 math that proves a point during a debate.

And there was a more important figure he missed: 47.

That’s the percentage of non income-taxpaying citizens Romney seemed to denigrate in a recently released hidden-video, which played right into the Democrats’ narrative about trying to make Romney the out-of-touch rich man.

But Obama never mentioned it.

And when the debate started, it was Romney talking about the little guy.

Romney was the phrase-coiner fretting about “trickle-down government.” Romney was the great communicator, starting off by congratulating the president on his 20-year anniversary.

“I'm sure this was the most romantic place you could imagine here -- here with me,” Romney said.

Ordered to be silent, the crowd couldn’t help itself. People laughed. Obama smiled.

By night’s end, though, liberals from HBOs Bill Maher to MSNBC’s Ed Schultz were in head-shaking disbelief.

It was the millionaire Romney who sounded like feel-your-pain Democrat Bill Clinton talking about the struggles of everyday folks.

“I was in Dayton, Ohio, and a woman grabbed my arm,” Romney said. “And she said, ‘I've been out of work since May. Can you help me?"

Romney said another woman with a baby in her arms told his wife recently: “my husband has had four jobs in three years, part-time jobs. He's lost his most recent job. And we've now just lost our home. Can you help us?"

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Americans’ Incomes Have Fallen $3,040 During the Obama ‘Recovery’
Americans must be wondering how much more of this “recovery” they can afford. New figures from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, compiled by show that the typical American household’s real (inflation-adjusted) income has actually dropped 5.7 percent during the Obama “recovery”. Using constant 2012 dollars (to adjust for inflation), the median annual income of American households was $53,718 as of June 2009, the last month of the recession. Now, after 38 months of this “recovery”, it has fallen to $50,678 — a drop of $3,040 per household.

Yet it gets worse. Amazingly, incomes have dropped even more during the “recovery” than they did during the recession. In fact, they have dropped more than twice as much as they did during the recession. From the start to the end of the recession, the real median income of American households fell $1,413, or 2.6 percent. From the end of the recession to the present day, it has dropped $3,040, or 5.7 percent. This begs the question: What kind of “recovery” compares unfavorably with the recession from which it is ostensibly recovering?
I can not handle another four years of this kind of recovery. Let's try someone else.

Can't take anymore

While middle and working class incomes continue to fall the upper 1% continues to have a windfall. The economic game in America is clearly rigged for those who have money to make lots more of it via investments not actually working. If Romney is elected this trend will only pick up speed until the income gap has virtually eliminated our middle class. The "winners" in the Romney model grow richer by the transfer of funds from the lower income "losers" by govt policy. The net gain in our GDP will be zero.

G Schmidt

We are facing a very tough recovery where the rich has gotten richer and the middle and lower class has done much of the suffering (as usual). I would normally would vote for Romney, but his tax plan will increase the financial disparity and will create a permanent rich ruling class....there have to be a wealth re-distribution.

My problems with Obama has always been his lack of passion and lack of fighting spirit.
Dear President....This arena is NOT a classroom, is politics. FIGHT!!!

Get a couple of pages from Lyndon Johnson's book and let your inner Luther comes out.


Not a soul is perfect.

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