The first presidential debate was nothing short of a debacle for President Obama says Dr. Paul Fick the author of The Destructive President. His stumbling performance mystified his supporters, raised serious questions for voters who remained undecided, and if the polls are any indication, jeopardized his reelection. While former Vice President Al Gore theorized that Obama’s poor performance was due to Denver’s thin air, a more likely explanation is Obama’s thin skin.
Here are five reasons why Obama stumbled in the first debate according to Dr. Fick:
1) Overconfidence: Since his days at Occidental College, Obama has believed that he is an orator par excellence. Obama and his team also had created a negative false image of Governor Romney’s abilities. This combination of self-aggrandizement and negative attribution left Obama susceptible to believing that his victory in Denver was inevitable. He was flat our wrong in his belief about himself, his opponent, and the outcome.
2) Underperformance: When Obama was elected in 2008 he eschewed the business dictum to “under-promise and over-deliver.” He has failed to produce the jobs, debt reduction, deficit control, and economic stabilization he promised. The first debate focused on these domestic issues and Obama’s poor first term performance left him with no credible answers. It is not surprising that his first term underperformance resulted in his underperformance in the debate.
3) Defensiveness: At his core, Obama is insecure and therefore he bristles at intimations of failure. Obama crumbled in the face of a 90 minute spotlight on his failed domestic policy outcomes. His insecurity overtook him and he could not look Romney or the American public in the eye.
4) The blame game: Obama did his best at deflecting from the reality of his record by resorting to the blame game. Unfortunately for the president, blaming others and failing to accept responsibility for failure is becoming a tired tactic after nearly four years. The excuses sounded as tired and worn as the president appeared on screen.
5) Reality television: What places the president’s reelection chances at greatest peril is the fact that the Obama that Americans saw in the first debate is the real Obama. The president has projected an upbeat, energetic image but in reality he has battled negativity and depression throughout his lifetime. The public became privy to what Obama is like when he is left unscripted and without the aid of his teleprompter. The display was shocking to his supporters and confirmation to those who have seen beyond the façade for some time.
While the first debate exposed the real Obama, look for him to regroup and play the part of a confident man in control for the second debate. His supporters will breathe a sigh of relief as they regain their sense of false comfort.
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