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Chris Matthews Wonders 'Where Was Obama Tonight?' VIDEO


Saying President Obama simply "endured" the debate, head down, shoulders slumped, and that Mitt Romney was on stage for a fight, MSNBC host Chris Matthews excoriated the commander-in-chief for a lackluster performance during last night's face-off.

Rather than keeping himself isolated in the White House, removed from actual debate, Matthews said Obama needs to spend more time watching cable news, specifically his and his colleagues' shows.

Watch Matthews let loose AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Can't say I disagree. Obama seemed on autopilot the entire time. What makes it worse, he was overshadowed by ROMNEY. ROMNEY!? Really? The man is a complete tool.

    I certainly hope Obama brings it in the next two.

    Posted by: BEAHBEAH | Oct 4, 2012 8:48:35 AM

  2. Obama was probably preoccupied by events in Syria and Iran and the conflict between Turkey and Syria which could get NATO (and US) troops involved. Or almost certainly US air power.

    I imagine Hillary was quite busy the last two days.

    Obama will just have to take Romney on next debate.

    Posted by: i could go on, but I won't | Oct 4, 2012 8:52:24 AM

  3. Totally agree - embarrassing performance and excruciating to watch.

    Posted by: Remote Patrolled | Oct 4, 2012 8:57:22 AM

  4. Maybe we need Matthews to moderate one of these debates

    Posted by: Cody | Oct 4, 2012 9:05:23 AM

  5. The president performed very poorly in this debate. I was surprised. Hopefully, he'll more game, but we're roughly 1 month from the election and he should have been on top last night.

    Some people are mistaken to dismiss Romney as 'stupid', which appears to be the now accepted M.O. for hardcore 'Progressives' regarding ANY Republican candidate. It worked with Bush, right, so.... But Romney is not stupid. He may well be a tool as another poster said, but he's not incompetent and stupid.

    I bet Hillary would have given Romney a run for his money last night.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 4, 2012 9:19:43 AM

  6. Last night was not pretty. But it's worth noting that, with the exception of 1996, the incumbent President has always lost at least one debate.

    Posted by: Hank | Oct 4, 2012 9:25:04 AM

  7. to me Pres. Obama came off as "Feeling Romney Out"....Trying to determine his SMUG Meter......I think the next debate is a diff. forum/town forum style...President Obama does great with those - when Romney just breaks out in crappy songs he cant sing.....Pres. Obama will wipe the floor with him next time, Romney backed himself into a corner with all his Lies last nite, and moving his ever changing positions to the center.....which I think Obama will pounce on next debate

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Oct 4, 2012 9:27:32 AM

  8. Is it the president's master plan to make it appear like he's the bullied under-dog in order to get sympathy votes?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 4, 2012 9:47:30 AM

  9. Romney has played his strategy brilliantly. He pretended he was uber-conservative and can use Ryan to keep the conservative base and fringe mobilized. Now he can spend a month pretending he's a moderate. The debate was an introduction to Romney for many, many Americans and he looked presidential.

    The problem is that the President does not get a do over on the substance of this debate. The next one is a town hall format, where he'll have considerably less opportunity to actually "go after" Romney in an effective way. The final one is on foreign policy which, to be fair, has very little traction in swaying this election. This was arguably *the* most important opportunity for Obama to frame the last four years as a success and clearly explain why his path is better.

    Posted by: Stefan | Oct 4, 2012 9:52:26 AM

  10. That kind of rant is appropriate for Matthews, not Obama. And cable news isn't as important as the people on it would like to think.

    Posted by: i could go on, but I won't | Oct 4, 2012 10:14:24 AM

  11. I found the melodramatic handwringing on MSNBC after the debate more painful to watch than the debate itself. Disappointed liberals are not a pretty sight, witness Chris Matthews.

    Romney looked to me like he'd snorted coke (if Mormons did that kind of thing) before he went on stage, but I guess that's the key to his debate "win." It surprised me that his demeanor was viewed so favorably, but conventional "wisdom" apparently favors a rabid Mittens.

    Of course today it's all about who won rather than anything they actually said--typical. Though if anyone was still undecided even before the debate, you wonder what rock they've been living under. Can hardly wait till the election is over to shut up the pundits on all sides.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 4, 2012 10:22:07 AM

  12. Thank you, ERNIE. I wish Chris Matthews and Ed Shultz could have performed a "69" to calm each other down.

    The President did just what his campaign staff wanted him to do. Independent White women voters do not like Black men coming on like angry pitbulls. And that's who the President's perfomance was aimed at last night.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 4, 2012 10:34:56 AM

  13. No kidding, Derrick! I thought poor Ed's head was going to explode. I hope they all got massages with happy endings after the show to take the edge off.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 4, 2012 10:43:39 AM

  14. I won't send money to a candidate who doesn't want to fight and I wholeheartedly agree with C.M.'s assessment. You could see Obama losing within the first 10-15 minutes. Obama being a nice, classy, conservative, follow the rules type guy is NOT going to work in this election because Romney will trounce on him because he is cheater and liar and he just doesn't care what comes out of his mouth as long as he wins. Obama was the loser and he will need to do better. His hands are not tied behind his back in these debates and he must come up with some muscle. Lehrer didn't do Obama any favors by not controlling this session.

    Posted by: JT | Oct 4, 2012 10:50:35 AM

  15. "Independent White women voters do not like Black men coming on like angry pitbulls."

    So true.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Oct 4, 2012 10:52:30 AM

  16. He may be overly harsh, but Matthews is right. I watched the whole boring debate, and Obama was way too passive. I can't stand Mitt Romney, but he won that round. Obama better get his @$$ in gear for the next round.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Oct 4, 2012 11:48:22 AM

  17. Obama is a smart man. I was displeased last night too but he should gain traction with his low performance last night in the next two debates. Romney painted himself into a corner with his ever-changing lies and policy shifts. Obama needs to exploit that and will come out on top.

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 4, 2012 12:21:39 PM

  18. The debate was just a dull attack by Obama and Romney flailing around spewing the same lies as always.

    Chris Matthews was on a drama queen high.

    Posted by: Jakeinlove | Oct 4, 2012 12:26:47 PM

  19. It was a dull and wonkish debate, with both side more interested in obscure policy than big picture issues. Romney seems over-caffeinated and looking the wrong way, Obama was steady but somehow unsure of himself. Romney hardly made the case that he should get the job though. It was like they were running for the Senate.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 4, 2012 12:35:11 PM

  20. "Independent White women voters do not like Black men coming on like angry pitbulls."

    Lollllllllll! 'progressive' women of ANY so-called race don't like males of ANY so-called race to be 'aggressive'.

    There Derrick, fixed it for ya.

    So POTUS campaign handlers consider white males the enemy and pin their hopes on enough 'independent' white women [AKA soccer moms] to vote for him so he'll win the election. So it necessary to 's*ck up' to 'Independent' white women [ who really are irritated/afraid of 'strong' black men]. OK, I think I get it.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 4, 2012 1:09:07 PM

  21. Rat,

    put my sentence back the way it was.

    Again, the Obama Campaign has a target group of voters for these final weeks before the election. That target group doesn't include the Archie Bunker voters (not Gay ones either).

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 4, 2012 1:30:32 PM

  22. Sad to say but Obama looked absolutely lost without his telepromptor. And that ghetto drawl he condescendingly uses on black audiences was nowhere in evidence last night.

    Posted by: Rob | Oct 4, 2012 10:11:26 PM

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