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Obama Debate Performance

David Plouffe on First Debate: "We Had Better Second and Third Debates Because of the Catastrophe"

92nd Street Y | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

Former Obama campaign manager and senior adviser David Plouffe spoke with PBS's Jeff Greenfield on March 17, 2013 at 92Y. In this clip, Plouffe respon...

WATCH: Reporter Shares New Reason For Obama's Epic Debate Fail

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 01.16.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Journalist Michael Hastings, perhaps best known for his Rolling Stone article that led Gen. Stanley McChrystal to resign, told HuffPost Live Tuesday a...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

We didn't need the Long Island Medium to predict that the Sleepy-Time Obama from the Debacle in Denver would be replaced at this week's Hofstra debate with a much feistier POTUS -- or that the town hall format would lead to more verbal sparring than the locked-behind-a-podium approach. The breakout star of the event was Romney's "binders full of women" comment, an awkward turn of phrase that unleashed a bevy of tweets, Tumblr gifs, and video mashups. The top TiVo takeaway had to be Romney's epic fail as, eyebrows shooting upward, he tried to nail Obama on the words the president had used to describe the attack in Benghazi -- a dramatic moment highlighted by Candy Crowley's instant fact-check. Before the debate, I suggested that the real-time, crowd-sourced fact checking that has become a staple on Twitter should be made a standard part of the debate process. Candy's sharp memory demonstrated why it'd be so useful.

Debate Prep

Jonathan Richards | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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Why Won't Obama Step Up?

Mark Morford | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Mark Morford

This is the guy we all thought would roar into office on a delirious wave of eloquent cool and instead has basically replaced the stemware, brought in some live jazz and put a basketball court where Bush's inflatable kiddie pool used to be.

Obama: 'I Was Just Too Polite' At The Debate

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In addition to refiguring his approach to and preparation for the next debate, part of President Barack Obama's task is to reassure a ba...

Romney Grabs a Lifeboat

Rick Horowitz | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

What matters more? What Romney said, or what Obama didn't? ...

2012 COUNTDOWN: Dems Pointing Fingers Over Debate Fail

Howard Fineman | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

After last week's disastrous debate performance, Democrats in and around the president's camp are privately pointing fingers at each other for Obama's failure in Round One in Denver.

Forget Losing the Debate -- Is Obama Losing the Liberal Moment?

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

The president's showing called into question not just his approach to this one event, but his ability to extend that rare occurrence: the liberal moment.

WATCH: Obama's Prices Are INSANE

Posted 10.08.2012 | Comedy

Obama knows he messed up at the debate, you guys. In fact, he knows that he was so uninspiring, that he's going to have to come up with a whole new fu...

Obama Reflects On '08 'Mistakes'

Reuters | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics

* President says 2008 victory came despite mistakes he made * California concert boosts coffers for final month By Jeff ...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week saw the first presidential debate. The main topic was the economy, but we heard more about Big Bird than jobs or the foreclosure crisis. Also missing: President Obama, who was more present on stage with Eastwood in Tampa than with Romney in Denver. It wasn't a bad metaphor for the last three years: one side lying about tax cuts and deficits, the other defensive and unwilling to fight for its own job-creating policies. The election narrative shifted again on Friday when the latest jobs report showed a drop in unemployment to 7.8 percent. Republicans screamed fraud, with no basis in reality. But lest we pop the champagne too soon, remember that at the present rate of 114,000 jobs added a month, it would take over a decade to reach full employment. A celebration based on such meager numbers underscores just how badly we need a real debate on the economy.

Bill Maher On Obama's Debate Performance: 'Looks Like He Took My Million And Spent It On Weed'

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 10.06.2012 | Comedy

Bill Maher on Friday joined Republicans, Democrats and a distraught Chris Matthews in criticizing Obama over his debate performance. "He sucked. He...

Jon Stewart To Obama: 'Wake The F*ck Up'

Posted 10.05.2012 | Comedy

Like most Americans, left and right, Jon Stewart was flabbergasted by President Obama's weak performance during the first presidential debate. Putting...

'Shell-Shocked'

The Daily Beast | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney’s debate performance could well trigger a “restart button” for his campaign, prompting a second look at him from those who have been...

2012 COUNTDOWN: Barack's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Howard Fineman | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

Something is not quite right with President Barack Obama. That was clear long before his passive, distracted performance here Wednesday night against Mitt Romney. The president needs to get back some form of his old magic if he hopes to secure a victory that, until the Denver debate, seemed all but inevitable, even to many of his foes. The evidence of the president's distance and distaste for the campaign is everywhere. He is invisible around Washington, a place he clearly doesn't like and where he has made few new political friends. He mailed in his acceptance speech in Charlotte, N.C., looking at the end like a man who couldn't wait to get off the stage. He has dutifully hit the campaign trail, but not with the zest or the frenzied response of 2008. And he clearly didn't master his brief for the debate when he went to ground in Las Vegas, though he did take time for a day trip to Hoover Dam. What gives?

Obama Campaign: Romney Won Debate Because He Lied

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

Democratic surrogates in the cable TV spin rooms Wednesday night seemed to have trouble explaining President Barack Obama's weak debate performance. B...