The first presidential debate is over and the media are in a feeding frenzy as they attempt to call who officially won the debate. Based upon my channel surfing, it appears that even some Democrats are saying Romney was clearly the winner; I, the measly Independent voter, however, did not see it that way at all.
The president seemed calm, but maybe a little weary, and well he should be; after all, he is the sitting president, and he’s got a lot on his plate. He didn’t hesitate to correct Romney or go after him, but was exceedingly polite as he did so. He was hardly a lap dog sitting back and drifting off to sleep while Romney forged ahead. I found the president to be engaged, on top of his game, and firmly in control of what was said and how he responded to it. He never allowed himself to take any cheap shots. I thought he was real mellow, but extremely informed in his calm, laid back manner.
Romney, on the other hand, seemed intense, anxious, and had this nervous, worried look on his face the entire debate. He looked like he’ll be wrung out to dry for weeks after that…aka stressed to the max. Here is the primary difference, for me, between the two candidates. I trust President Obama with the country’s well being more than I trust Governor Romney. I come away from this first debate continuing to trust the president; that’s the only thing that has changed for me thus far.
Romney corrected the president numerous times as well, but I still come away feeling that I’m not hearing the whole story from Romney. Going in, I was very concerned about Romney taking the scissors to the various entitlements and what this would do to the poor and middle class. He discussed doing that very thing, in an almost-giddy, too-intense way when he cracked that he would cut PBS, despite liking big bird, and apologized to Jim L., (the moderator). Jim’s face looked kind of pinched though, as if he didn’t find the joke to be amusing at all; I can see why. None of this is at all funny.
Both of these men are probably actually good, decent men. I hope that neither one will do this country great harm. Of the two, however, I’m personally most comfortable with President Obama at the helm versus Governor Romney. I don’t know why but Governor Romney makes me nervous. I see more humanity within President Obama, more compassion, more empathy, and more authenticity. In my opinion, Governor Romney had a decent night tonight, but he didn’t win this debate. I thought it was a tie if there actually has to be a winner.
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