Those of us with a somewhat sympathetic view towards the President and his policies had to be happier last night. This was marked improvement over the president’s first debate/performance. As I mentioned in an earlier post, in my estimation that first night the President showed up believing he only had to stay above the fray with an opponent who’d merely been boning up on zingers. Instead Obama found himself in a real debate for which he was simply unprepared. Last night was a different affair. He showed up prepared to defend his record and give as good as he got in terms of critique. He showed up.


I look in on facebook and hear my radio and scan the news sources I do on the net and the discussion is about who won last night, and what with the previously lowered sense expectation from the first fiasco, the consensus seems to be Obama won this one. Maybe we can argue that point, I heard a conservative on the radio grudging Obama a slight edge that was “lost in the miasma” of the debate or some such smoke.


I’m not sure that’s worth arguing and I know I’m not the one to judge.


I listened to most of the first debate on my car radio as I waited in a parking lot. I was surprised by Romney, but I had no sense it was the game changer it turned out to be at the time. Watching Biden and Ryan I thought it was basically a draw with a slight edge to Ryan in that he painted himself as no Dan Quayle. (That Biden has amazing teeth for 69 year old man). The takeaway from that has played out differently.


Win, lose or draw? Beats me.


In my sense of things, ultimately debates are more about definition than they are about competition. I’ve participated in a couple of debates over the past couple of years and I’ve never gone into one wanting to win in the sense of defeating my opponent. I’ve wanted to define my own ideas and defend them in contrast with the contending notion. I think we got that tonight from the President. Romney didn’t do any less tonight than he did the first time they met. But tonight the President didn’t passively let himself be defined by Romney’s criticism.


He defined himself:


I believe that the free enterprise system is the greatest engine of prosperity the world’s ever known.


I believe in self-reliance and individual initiative and risk takers being rewarded. But I also believe that everybody should have a fair shot and everybody should do their fair share and everybody should play by the same rules, because that’s how our economy’s grown. That’s how we built the world’s greatest middle class.


And – and that is part of what’s at stake in this election. There’s a fundamentally different vision about how we move our country forward.


I believe Governor Romney is a good man. Loves his family, cares about his faith. But I also believe that when he said behind closed doors that 47 percent of the country considered themselves victims who refuse personal responsibility, think about who he was talking about.


Folks on Social Security who’ve worked all their lives. Veterans who’ve sacrificed for this country. Students who are out there trying to hopefully advance their own dreams, but also this country’s dreams. Soldiers who are overseas fighting for us right now. People who are working hard every day, paying payroll tax, gas taxes, but don’t make

enough income.


And I want to fight for them. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last four years. Because if they succeed, I believe the country succeeds.


When my grandfather fought in World War II and he came back and he got a G.I. Bill and that allowed him to go to college, that wasn’t a handout. That was something that advanced the entire country. And I want to make sure that the next generation has those same opportunities. That’s why I’m asking for your vote and that’s why I’m asking for another four years.



Those of us with a somewhat sympathetic view towards the President and his policies had to be happier last night. This was marked improvement over the president’s first debate/performance. As I mentioned in an earlier post, in my estimation that first night the President showed up believing he only had to stay above the fray with an opponent who’d merely been boning up on zingers. Instead Obama found himself in a real debate for which he was simply unprepared. Last night was a different affair. He showed up prepared to defend his record and give as good as he got in terms of critique. He showed up.

I look in on facebook and hear my radio and scan the news sources I do on the net and the discussion is about who won last night, and what with the previously lowered sense expectation from the first fiasco, the consensus seems to be Obama won this one. Maybe we can argue that point, I heard a conservative on the radio grudging Obama a slight edge that was “lost in the miasma” of the debate or some such smoke.

I’m not sure that’s worth arguing and I know I’m not the one to judge.

I listened to most of the first debate on my car radio as I waited in a parking lot. I was surprised by Romney, but I had no sense it was the game changer it turned out to be at the time. Watching Biden and Ryan I thought it was basically a draw with a slight edge to Ryan in that he painted himself as no Dan Quayle. (That Biden has amazing teeth for 69 year old man). The takeaway from that has played out differently.

Win, lose or draw? Beats me.

In my sense of things, ultimately debates are more about definition than they are about competition. I’ve participated in a couple of debates over the past couple of years and I’ve never gone into one wanting to win in the sense of defeating my opponent. I’ve wanted to define my own ideas and defend them in contrast with the contending notion. I think we got that tonight from the President. Romney didn’t do any less tonight than he did the first time they met. But tonight the President didn’t passively let himself be defined by Romney’s criticism.

He defined himself:

I believe that the free enterprise system is the greatest engine of prosperity the world’s ever known.

I believe in self-reliance and individual initiative and risk takers being rewarded. But I also believe that everybody should have a fair shot and everybody should do their fair share and everybody should play by the same rules, because that’s how our economy’s grown. That’s how we built the world’s greatest middle class.

And – and that is part of what’s at stake in this election. There’s a fundamentally different vision about how we move our country forward.

I believe Governor Romney is a good man. Loves his family, cares about his faith. But I also believe that when he said behind closed doors that 47 percent of the country considered themselves victims who refuse personal responsibility, think about who he was talking about.

Folks on Social Security who’ve worked all their lives. Veterans who’ve sacrificed for this country. Students who are out there trying to hopefully advance their own dreams, but also this country’s dreams. Soldiers who are overseas fighting for us right now. People who are working hard every day, paying payroll tax, gas taxes, but don’t make
enough income.

And I want to fight for them. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last four years. Because if they succeed, I believe the country succeeds.

When my grandfather fought in World War II and he came back and he got a G.I. Bill and that allowed him to go to college, that wasn’t a handout. That was something that advanced the entire country. And I want to make sure that the next generation has those same opportunities. That’s why I’m asking for your vote and that’s why I’m asking for another four years.