Why the excuses?


Governor Mitt Romney successfully won the first Presidential debate in Denver Colorado by 42%; 67% of the Colorado audience believed he did a better job at the debate compared to 25% who believed Obama won the debate. That is a wide gap, clearly demonstrating that Mitt Romney won the first debate. Of course the  losing side will always have excuses but the excuses floating around this time are quite funny and pathetic.

First of all, we have Al Gore saying that the altitude in Denver Colorado led to President Obama’s loss at the first debate. The altitude, according to Gore, made Obama tired and thus unable to deliver a sharp performance at the debate. This excuse is just ridiculous and stupid. The altitude should not affect one person so much that they cannot put on a show for an hour and a half. Coming from Colorado I understand that this excuse is a poor one and should not be taken seriously. What drove Gore to publicize this excuse is beyond me and reflects poorly on Obama and the Democratic party.

The second excuse of the Democrats is that the moderator Mr.Lehr did not do his job correctly. Mr Lehr was not firm enough in structuring the debate and just let the two men go back in forth. Mr Lehr allowed Romney to act as the moderator instead of himself. However if you were watching the debate, you observed the candidates ignoring Mr. Lehr when he tried to intervene and at one point a quite snippy response by the President. (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/us/politics/after-debate-a-harsh-light-falls-on-jim-lehrer.html?ref=politics&_r=0).

I do not understand why these excuses are floating around. What do the Democrats and Obama’s campaign think will come of blaming other people and other factors on the President’s poor performance? The American public is not stupid. We are all human and understand the reasoning behind excuses. These excuses are not going to lead the American public to reconsider who won the debate. The excuses will not change the public opinion of the President or garner more support.

I urge the Democrats and Obama’s campaign to stop be sore losers and own up to the fact that the President did a poor job at his first debate. Do not let the American public see you as poor losers, blaming other people and other factors on something they had no control over. The American people are looking for a leader to lead this country to prosperity, not one who cannnot accept that he/she made mistakes but one that can learn from their mistakes and move on. The truth is Obama did not debate as well as his contender. He seemed tired, uninterested and rambled on. For the next debate, Obama needs to be more engaging, demonstrate that he really wants to be there, show the American public who he is and how he differs from candidate Romney. Obama needs to develop strong opposition to Romney and emphasize how he has been strong on foreign policy and that he will continue to be.

Elizabeth Noon


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