2012 Election | Barack Obama | Mitt Romney

Obama Debated 'Spirited Fellow Who Claimed To Be Mitt Romney': VIDEO


Campaigning in GOP veep candidate Paul Ryan's home turf of Wisconsin today, President Obama told a gathered crowd that the Mitt Romney he debated last night was a new version of the Republican presidential hopeful. He was a more "spirited fellow" than the real former governor, said Obama in Denver.

"When I got on the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney," Obama told supporters. "But it couldn't have been Mitt Romney, because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. The fellow on stage last night said he didn't know anything about that."

The man on stage last night does not want to be held accountable for the real Mitt Romney's decisions and what he's been saying for the last year. And that's because he knows full well that we don't want what he's been selling for the last year.

So Governor Romney may dance around his positions, but if you want to be president you owe the American people the truth.

Obama's remarks can be read as a self-defense for what some are calling a poor turn in Denver last night, a way to highlight how Romney "acted," while Obama wanted to be seen as more grounded and presidential.

The team at Politico thinks Obama's demeanor was all part of a greater, though not necessarily winning, strategy:

...Obama has never been the nation’s most forceful debater, and he makes no secret of his disdain for the theatrical side of politics. If his conduct on the debate stage with Romney seemed oddly passive, it was in some ways just another manifestation of the president’s restrained approach to communicating with the electorate, whom he seems to believe — in the face of all existing evidence — are not swayed by electoral artifice.

Watch video of Obama's comments about the "spirited fellow" called Mitt Romney AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. oy - O got his A handed to him.....sigh.

    Posted by: Bertrille | Oct 4, 2012 7:45:29 PM

  2. Yes, I love Obama. But what happened last night is not excused by this pretense that he didn't know who was on that stage with him. If he didn't recognize Romney...say it! Shift gears so you're in the debate with whomever is there...the old Romney or the new. I didn't recognize Romney either...within the first two minutes I knew something had changed. How did BO miss that?
    Obama is my president...will be my president for the next four years...but bring some righteous indignation to the table...on our behalf, if not your own.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Oct 4, 2012 7:49:08 PM

  3. Wish Obama had said some of this last night! He let Romney stand up there and tell lie after lie without challenging any of it. So disappointing.

    Posted by: Ken | Oct 4, 2012 7:57:52 PM

  4. @BERTRILLE --You are right, but heads need to roll, as the President was not prepared for Romney to take the ONLY course he could take and come out looking well.
    If Mr Obama did not see it coming, someone should have told him

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 4, 2012 8:03:09 PM


    Posted by: THE QUEEN | Oct 4, 2012 8:17:13 PM

  6. Hey Miss Queeny, he might have "won" the debate...but he still hasn't won the election.

    Posted by: feedback | Oct 4, 2012 8:38:54 PM

  7. Romney won the debate but all day today the fact checkers have been running him through the ringer. Plus, now Obama has plenty of ammunition to use against him in the next debate when Romney inevitably flip flops.

    Posted by: KP | Oct 4, 2012 8:58:48 PM

  8. I'm beginning to think LGBT folk have forgotten what President Obama and his administration have done for us as a group. Also, what in the world do you think will happen if Romney and Ryan are elected? They want to repeal DADT, they love DOMA, etc. So, what gives? Why the lack of support for our current president - the only sitting president that has come out in favor of same-gender marriage. ::sighs::

    Posted by: T | Oct 4, 2012 9:06:56 PM

  9. "I'm beginning to think LGBT folk have forgotten what President Obama and his administration have done for us as a group."

    No, they haven't. No mentally stable gay or lesbian person changed their opinion of Obama one bit after the debate. (and the mentally stable ones had and have a positive opinion of him) It's just that the trolls come out of the woodwork when they think they have something to crow about, that the wind is blowing in their sails, and no one will challenge them. He might have lost the debate...the north lost the Battle of Bull Run. Doesn't mean they lost the war.
    IF he loses the election, this debate will definitely be seen as a turning point. If he wins, his poor seeming performance will be nothing more than a historical afterthought, and it will be considered a tie. Romney basically tried to lie in every way possible to suddenly remake himself into a moderate Republican, which he is not. No moderate Republican would have given $10,000 to the prop 8 initiative 25 years ago, much less 5 years ago. If Romney wins, we can fully expect a Supreme Court that will recriminalize homosexuality.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Oct 4, 2012 9:36:04 PM

  10. HOW did Obama get surprised by this?? Romney was running ads about how he would not raise takes for like 3-4 weeks now, it was in the papers how it was likely his strategy. Look, I'm just some average guy who occassionaly reads the papers and *I* saw it coming. If Obama didn't, HOW COME NO ONE TOLD HIM?? AAHHHHH

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 4, 2012 10:08:44 PM

  11. I hope he can make it another 4 years he is a great leader.

    Posted by: Megan | Oct 4, 2012 10:09:50 PM

  12. I agree He has done alot for us. I belive he will help build LGTB bigger and better soon

    Posted by: Matt Cruz | Oct 4, 2012 10:11:35 PM

  13. There's just got to be more to what happened during that debate than what meets the eye. BO is a smart guy, great communicator. There's something we're missing. Maybe something happened in his personal life that threw him off. Maybe it's his strategy to catch the republicans off guard a little later in the debates. It's got to be something...he just wasn't himself. As upsetting as this is, I'm going to trust that he knows what he's doing and relax. It's hard, but I'm going to do it.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Oct 4, 2012 11:20:59 PM

  14. On to the next debate.

    Obama and Biden need to pull no punches. They don't need to start getting nice; they know what the opposition is, a self serving super rich class dominated society.

    Republicans are against equality, women's rights, Hispanics rights, Black rights,Pell grants, health care and will cut social security.
    They despise 47% of the population as scroungers.
    Shout it out Obama !!!......Romney/Ryan have not disclosed tax returns nor have they disclosed what loopholes of the super rich they are going to close.
    Shout it out against them over and over until their ears hurt.
    No more Mister Nice Guy; otherwise you will lose.

    Why was all this not spelled out in the debate ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 5, 2012 2:33:53 AM

  15. http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/10/04/958801/at-last-nights-debate-romney-told-27-myths-in-38-minutes/

    In some respects I wasn't surprised that Romney "won" the debate. After all, he has had little to do but prepare for two months while Obama has had other things on his plate. It's truly a pity that Lehrer wasn't able to get Romney off his overly rehearsed talking points and have to punt, which of course would have been a disaster.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 5, 2012 8:33:53 AM

  16. Too little, too late, Mr. President. Either grow back your legendary pair or sit down and shut up, sir.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 5, 2012 11:21:55 AM

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