President Obama prepping for more aggressive style in Tuesday’s debate

After the first Presidential debate back on October 3rd was, by most accounts, a win for Governor Romney, the President has been hard at work to ensure he does not deliver a lackluster performance on Tuesday in the second Presidential debate.

Second Presidential Debate: Tuesday, October 16 2012 (Click for details)

Report from the Financial Times:

President Barack Obama said his preparation for the second presidential debate on Tuesday was “going great” as his aides promised a more “energetic” and “aggressive” performance.

Mr Obama has seen his lead in opinion polls collapse since the first debate with Mitt Romney 10 days ago, when he was widely seen as having given a lacklustre and listless performance. Although the race remains tight, some national polls have since given Mr Romney a slight edge.

The next debate will be on Tuesday at Hofstra University on Long Island, with the final debate – which will be exclusively about foreign policy – on the following Monday in Florida.

On Sunday afternoon, during a visit to a campaign office in Williamsburg, Virginia, Mr Obama replied to a question about his studying with: “It’s going great.” This contrasted sharply with the almost flippant public responses he gave when asked about his homework in the run-up to the first debate.

Robert Gibbs, former White House press secretary and now an adviser to the Obama campaign, told CNN’s State of the Union television programme on Sunday that the president “was disappointed in his own performance. He didn’t meet his expectations.”

He added: “He knew when he walked off that stage and he also knew as he’s watched the tape of that debate that he’s got to be more energetic. I think you’ll see somebody who is very passionate about the choice that our country faces – and putting that choice in front of voters.”

Likewise, Governor Romney has been prepping also in the hopes that he can continue to ride the wave from the first Presidential debate. The format on Tuesday will be a “town hall style” event where candidates take pre-screened questions from “undecided voters.” This will be a little less direct between the two candidates but might provide some interesting questions.

We will have the live stream embedded for this debate, look for details here on Tuesday morning.

  • Marlene

    I’ve seen Obama in his aggressive mode. The difference between him and Biden is that he has a scowl on his face and Biden has a big grin. I find the big grin more tolerable. Obama can scowl better than Nixon, I believe.

  • Goethe Behr

    This could be a disaster for Obama. People have been beating him up for not jumping around, waving his arms, and frothing at the mouth, like Romney. So he’s likely to try to look “energetic.”

    Trouble is, this one is “town hall” style, in which the candidates will answer questions from the audience. In this venue, his earlier, direct and sincere style would probably work better.

    While I think Biden did exactly what his base needed at the time, that’s not what Obama needs to do now. And I suspect Obama’s advisers are telling him all the wrong things to do this time. We’ll see.

  • Matthew

    Thank you for the heads up Mr. President. Can’t wait to see you got crushed again on tuesday. You’ve just given Romney an edge by letting him know your strategy for the next election. Let’s hope we see your departure in November. Long Live America

    • http://NA hilary

      No chance . He will crush Romney.

      • Billy Malone

        If you don’t believe it’s going to be close, you are on another planet.

      • McCartney

        Yeap! Don’t you worry, Romney will get whooped!!!

        • Billy Malone

          I agree come election time. The debate was pretty even this time around

    • http://facebook PETE

      fat chance matthew. keep dreaming

  • Larry

    People have a tendency these days to think that aggression and belligerence are signs of leadership. I agree Obama acted like he didn’t use his sleep meds the night before the last debate. He should have been at least twice as animated, but the arrogant smirking and glaring Mitt showed irritated me just as much. You can be passionate without an attitude. Biden is who he is, funny and off-the-cuff. He can be irritating as hell, but he’s entertaining.

    • Pam

      Larry…..
      Same old…same old double standard!!!! It’s ok for Biden to act like a bozo ignoramous….everything is ok for the dumbocrats but not for the republicans. Oh and by the way I think you have the two debates mixed up….Romney acted very presidential in his debate against (NO ONE) Obama forgot to show up!! Biden acted like a real A##hole!!! The double standard is sickening!!!!!

      • http://NA hilary

        I think that every person is biased regardless of political views. But no need to be rude. Funny and passionate. But not rude.

        • Billy Malone

          Right, both these men are really successful beyond any expectations anyone one these blogs will ever be. Both have put themselves in a position to have wealth and power for sure. That may not be the goal of everyone but for these two the have achieved almost all of what the wanted and that is success. Maybe a little short of the 100% but not by much.

  • Graycrab

    Hopefully this debate will have fact checkers. Mitt the Etch-a-Sketch man outdid himself on his change of positions in the last debate. Hard to pin down what he intends as he won’t say and harder to figure his position as they change so often.

  • JOHN KINCH

    WILL YOU PLEASE ANSWER THIS QUESTION ON TUESDAY THE 16TH OF OCTOBER WHY WAS THE HEALTH BILL VOTED ON BEFORE A COMPLETE READING AND DISCUSSION WAS HELD? WOULD YOU SIGN A CONTRACT AND THEN READ THE SMALL PRINT LATER? I BELIEVE THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD NOT TAKE THAT COURSE.

    • John

      really? you telling me you have read every digital term of service (facebook, itunes/apple app store, google app store, websites, video games, xbox, playstation…etc, etc) before electronically signing it(agreeing to)? Sounds like a Romney/Ryan statement to me.

      • steve wester

        I personally think healthcare is a little more important than facebook.

        • Billy Malone

          Is it? ? ? Only if you really need it is it important.

    • smirk

      Wish you had read up on how to write in lowercase.

      • Billy Malone

        Why? I can still read it.

  • http://jrhslh98@cox.net SerenaHanson

    I would love to know what the candidates are planning to do to address the cost of gas and the huge increases in the cost of daily living for American families! I just spent $300 at the grocery store for our family of 6…we NEED some relief for the day to day, which goes way beyond just health care costs Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney!

    • Billy Malone

      Give it plenty of talk ?

      • Billy Malone

        Send Hugo a Christmas card would be a good start.

        • Goethe Behr

          Billy:

          Yeah, I remember Hugo said he would help poor Americans with the price of gas. Now that one of six Americans are in poverty, he can’t afford it anymore.

          • Billy Malone

            He sure could do a lot more for his people too but they still love him.

    • John

      unless you think the president can make it rain or otherwise control the weather, he isn’t going to be able to lower the cost of food. Oil…well, as much as i hate to say it…we just need to get off the juice and develop new fuels.

      • Billy Malone

        Now that statement I totally disagree with. Just sending Hugo a Christmas card would be a good start in lowing fuel prices.

  • Bob

    Obama should have done a good job the first time. He’s the president and obviously doesn’t want it bad enough to even practice . It’s beyond him.

    • Billy Malone

      His handlers are professionals, are they not? I agree he did a lousy job but I sure wouldn’t count him out. I say he will win, for what that is worth, LOL (it’s worth $500 for me if he does win)

  • Obama s stpid

    he is

  • http://www.onetermpresident.us AG

    This is only about truth, not style. Obama has taken the US to a new low economically (undeniable) and more importantly internationally. Al Qaeda is not as he claims “on its heals” but eating good people alive as a result of his lack of leadership..the death of bin laden was a single act, not a symbol of a policy..the symbol of his policy was the respect he showed a mass murderer with his body afterward. Benghazi failure, Syria ATROCITY and the list goes on. Vote this inept fool at best and treasonist at worst OUT OF OFFICE.

    • Goethe Behr

      AG, such BS.

      The economy was in total free-fall in 2008, heading for a world-wide depression worse than the last one. Obama entered office at the same point as HOOVER entered office. In Hoover’s case, unemployment went from 3% his first year, to 25% in his last year. Unemployment under Obama has topped out and is already heading down. (Undeniably.)

      Also, this time, the stock market has DOUBLED in value–back to all-time highs, corporations are boasting HISTORIC record highs, and worker productivity is also WAY up. Are you saying that wealth has not “trickled down” to you, yet?? Undeniably, there’s lots and lots and lots of wealth up there somewhere.

      As for Syria, you want boots on the ground? What? Even Israel did not want Assad overthrown, since he’s basically secular. If you liked Iraq, you’ll LOVE getting into Syria. Getting openly involved there really could be World War III, since world wars come from alliances.

      There really are undeniable times when it is best to follow the “Prime Directive” of non-involvement. . . .

      • Billy Malone

        “Prime Directive” posted like a true trekker

    • Billy Malone

      Don’t think the voters are big on foreign policy right now. The home front is much more important. Foreign policy failures can all be dumped on Clinton

  • MAL

    Obama cannot let Romney talk over him the way Romney did in the first debate. If Romney persists, Obama must speak right over him, even though I think it’s not his nature to do so. He also has to stress the 47% remark that Romney made behind closed doors! He should bring up all the issues about which Romney gave his position and changed his position later on—the Etch-a Sketch moments!

    • Goethe Behr

      Mal: In a town hall setting, it will be one-on-one with the public questioner. I think Obama runs the risk of seeming desperate if he comes out swinging. In this forum, his previous even, direct, and respectful responses would probably go over better.

      • Billy Malone

        Going to find out real soon now

    • Billy Malone

      Oh I think he knows all that but he must tell the people what they want to hear and in this day in age there is no excuse for not doing that.

  • http://yahoo steven king

    why are people so raciest hhahahaah lmao smh at yal people obama is goin to win the election

    • Billy Malone

      everybody is raciest to a certain degree.

      • Jessica

        No they not.
        You just are……

        • Billy Malone

          Okay if you say so. Guess I stand alone.

  • http://yahoo steven king

    smc

    • Billy Malone

      smc Saturday morning cartoons?

  • http://facebook PETE

    right on hilary. obama got his game face on. romney is the preditor in claimed territory. time to seek and destroy.

  • http://facebook PETE

    obama need to let the american people know about the denial of romney tax returns for at least ten year. romeny asked his vp lyin ryan to present tax returns for ten years yet the american people would like to she his and he will not present 10 year worth of tax returns. if you are apply for a job and your employer ask you for certain documents you would give it to them if you want the job. you would not deny it for you might not get the job. romeny is a liar and he is hiding something. he have not specifics for a tax plan because he does not have a plan. this economy will and is turning around and president obama deserves a second term to get the credit for the ground work and work…

    • Billy Malone

      No it’s the voters that deserve what they get and they are going to get more of the same either way.

  • http://yahoo steven king

    mitt romney is a terreroist!

    • Billy Malone

      Yeah, I’d go along with that and he’ll become even a bigger won if he gets the White House. But Obama isn’t far behind with what he did to the GM bond holders.

  • Surfisher

    Amazing that the people have been bamboozled into thinking that either Barack or Mitt are a solution — when both are AGAINST these principles upon which our Nation was built!

    PRINCIPLES we must stand by!

    “A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have….” Thomas Jefferson

    “They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security” BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

    “When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.” DOROTHY THOMPSON

    “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.” FREDERICK DOUGLAS

    “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.” —Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Philadelphia 1787).

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” EDMUND BURKE

    “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” ABRAHAM LINCOLN
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    Voting for either would be legitimizing the further corruption that seems to have no end!

    VOTE for Garry Johnson — or face the dire consequences of failing to do so — TIME TO WAKE UP AMERICA!

    • Billy Malone

      Yeah, that’s where I’m going anyhow. A proven winner in what we should be looking for if we do indeed want out of this mess. But hey there are still many Greeks that haven’t felt the pinch as yet.

  • http://Www.yahoo.com Milly demetria

    Go MIT

    • Billy Malone

      back to Massachusetts. ..

  • Kathie

    Will women be able to apply for political asylum in other countries if our right to determine how we treat our bodies is taken away if Romney & Ryan are elected?

    Concern for family values should include consideration of the Hell a girl/woman would go thru if forced to carry a baby from incest or rape. The rest of the family, and the child would be condemned for life, even if given up for adoption, while the perpetrator may get 2yrs & slap on the wrists.

    What kind of family values is that?

    Taliban?

    • Billy Malone

      Oh they will find a way around the law if it comes to that. Even in jail they can get knocked up and then the taxpayers really have to pay.

  • Barbara

    WAKE UP AMERICA. HAS OUR ECONOMY GROWN AND PROSPERED ENOUGH OVER THE LAST 4 YEARS?
    DO YOU SEE YOUR PAYCHECK GROWING? ARE YOU ABLE TO COVER THE COST OF OUR INCREASING MEDICAL COSTS?
    ARE YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN ABLE TO COVER THE COSTS OF INCREASING PRICES IN EDUCATION. IS ANYONE PAYING ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT EVERY TIME YOU APPLY FOR ANY APPLICATION OR JOB, WHY ARE
    YOU ARE ASKED FOR YOUR ETHNICITY OR RACE?
    I ASK MY FELLOW AMERICANS, ARE YOU SO FORTUNATE AND BLESSED TO STILL HAVE YOUR HOME?
    WHEN WILL WE FINALLY TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS THAT ARE FINDING THEMSELVES JOBLESS
    AND HOMELESS? HAS ANYONE TAKEN NOTICE OF ALL THE FOR SALE SIGNS WE SEE EVERYDAY- CARS, HOMES, THE INCREASED
    AMOUNT OF COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE? UNFORTUANTELY, IT HAS BECOME SO COMMON PLACE THAT I THINK NO ONE IS EVEN TAKING NOTICE
    PLEASE TELL ME, DO YOU ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT YOUR LIFE WILL BENEFIT 4 MORE
    YEARS LATER WITH A PRESIDENT WHO IS NOT A TRUE AMERICAN. HE IS A MUSLIM, A NON-AMERICAN, HE DEFIES EVERYTHING THAT MADE THIS COUNTRY GREAT. WAKE UP AMERICA

    • Surfisher

      WARNING, WARNING, WARNING:

      Voting for either Barack or Mitt would be legitimizing further the corruption that seems to have no end in the aim to destroy Americans’ Freedoms and Prosperity!

      If Barack or Mitt win — Free America ENDS in 2012!

      VOTE for Garry Johnson — or face the dire consequences of failing to do so — TIME TO WAKE UP AMERICA!

      (Would love to write-in Dr. Ron Paul — but ALL indications are that such write-in votes for Ron Paul will be screened and then thrown out — that’s how much the Establishment fears the Good Doctor!)

      • Billy Malone

        Okay, I have no problem with Johnson.

    • Billy Malone

      It’s all about fear and/or greed. The voters want more of the same

  • Nobody’s side

    Its so f**ked up that Everyone is quick to judge the President on what he failed to but what about the successful things that he has done.

    Mr. Romney sounds as if he can do a better job “economy wise” than what Mr. Obama did but who knows because words are wind and I believe both of them are liars.

    • Billy Malone

      Whatever it takes.

    • Surfisher

      Have the American People been reduced again to vote for the “lesser of two evils” — are there no other options?

      My conscience cannot allow me to vote for the “lesser of two evils”, because, that means that an Evil will still get elected!
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      1) The Barack is the evil we know — a Socialist minded professional politician that will have most of its venomous teeth pulled out when republicans win more seats this election. Thus, it will lack the ability to do much more damage than it’s done already. If the Barack is “elected” it will end its last term in a whimper.

      2) The Mitt — the evil we don’t know…yet. But all indicators are that it is supported by the Central Banks. And that it supports Israel unquestionably to the detriment of our own national security (will start more unconstitutional wars to protect Israel, not the USA).

      Should the Mitt win, we may be in bigger trouble — since it assured itself of no competition for the next republican nomination (see the false vote it made the GOP do on its behalf — THE TELEPROMPTER “KNEW” IN ADVANCE HOW THE VOTE WILL GO…SHAME, SHAME SHAME on the Mitt creature):

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=77W5OKStO5s

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      So, unless we vote for Gary Johnson — who wants to restore Liberty and Prosperity, what would you get instead:

      Final four years of ‘toothless’ BO — or 8 more years of the Mitt (with the possibility it has groomed its spawn — 5 Mormon Sons — to keep the dynasty going) for many decades to come…?!

      • Billy Malone

        Good, very good.

        • Surfisher

          The BO wants to destroy our Freedoms and our Nation!

          But, If Mitt gets into the White House — expect An American Tragedy!

          Mormon Mitt won’t allow Catholic Ryan to be anything but his doormat (to be disposed of when the time comes).

          His 5 Mormon Sons are getting groomed to take over…and create a Dynasty of little Mormon Mitts for decades to come!

          Now, that is truly scary!

          • Billy Malone

            Might be blind, but I just don’t see any religious implications of the way the Mitt did business in the past. Not that I’m for the guy as I think I’ll be going with Johnson. Mitts a hawk and that is a lockout.

            • Surfisher

              Would ask all that find merit in the below to SPREAD IT! Thanks.
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              VOTE for Gary Johnson (do not write-in Ron Paul, please)!

              Here is why:

              The Establishment fears Ron Paul so much that they will do anything to stop him and his (our) movement for Liberty on the election level (since so far they have not been able to control the internet, and thus shut us down completely)!

              The Major Networks will show after the election NOTHING for Ron Paul (not even that he got ANY of the Vote, for that would be admitting that some actually dared to write-in his name).

              The Apparatchiks have been instructed to shred all write-in ballots where Ron Paul’s name appears (for proof just watch after the election and see if Ron Paul is even mentioned, let alone how many votes he got)!

              Gary Johnson is on the ballot in all 50 States — so a vote for him is a vote COUNTED against the wannabe despots of America! (Plus, if he breaks the 5+% level, the Libertarian Party (Ron Paul’s original party) will be eligible for federal funds to the tune of about 90 million dollars for the next election — and no longer will be a financial shoe-string operation!!!).

              VOTE GARY JOHNSON (or write-in Ron Paul if you must) — as long as you vote for what you realize is BEST for our Nation, and NOT get bamboozled into voting again for the “lesser of two evils”: the Kenyan Barack or Mitt the Mormon (this path only leads to more and bigger evil, for the next election cycle…should there be one)!!!