Since the Obama disaster that was the first Presidential Debate, I have been thinking about and “processing” what I saw and heard from the President. I have also considered the “stimuli” of the moment which included: the setting, the debate structure, the opponent, and the reality of current events. I also realize that this narcissistic myth of a man actually believes his own press (that he is “The One!”) I must confess that I was as shocked as were most Americans at his performance. I think I now understand it. I knew Romney would exceed expectations because I never bought any of the media lies and hype. I actually negotiated with Mitt Romney for an Olympic media package for the Salt Lake Olympics. I found him to be smart, articulate, a good listener and most importantly an honest broker in discussions. As time has moved on since the debate, I have said to people, that I do not believe that the second and third debates will be much better for Obama.
Obama was elected as our “first black president.” That was the most vivid and distinctive aspect of his election. He was to be “Post-Racial” and collaborative. Even transparent! However, a more thoughtful perspective would yield that he was instead, the most inexperienced and untested person ever to reach the office. And, there were plenty of red flags to raise people’s attention. In fact: He was a man without leadership experience, without an executive decision-making track record. He was a State and Federal Senator without Legislative accomplishment and a college professor without ever having been published! These deficiencies are amazing! Do you realize that when combined, these omissions are almost impossible to coexist in an individual elected President? It is less likely than lightning striking the same truck, at the same place on the same road three times, each on November 7th at 4:55pm — three years apart!
It is because of this incredible lack of competency (I believe) that he has such a lack of character and an inability to value TRUTH! In essence, his lack of competence, drives him to reframe his version of the truth to mesh with “his reality.” Have you ever heard him admit a mistake? Even with the media as his lap dog, it is getting harder for him pontificate, because:
1. Facts are checked more rapidly than any time in history (this is an impediment to lying)
2. Media is global and “real-time” which drastically reduces the time between false statements and validation on issues like Ben Ghazi!
3. The IMPACT of oratory style pales with the speed with which what one says can be corrected and discredited. And finally,
4. People’s lives have to validate that, on the whole, policies applied have caused things to move in the right direction. That is why the Right Track/Wrong Track surveys are so telling.
The next debate will be a forum change – it won’t matter. Obama will get the planted softball questions from the audience and the friendly moderator will allow him to frame his response, even if it doesn’t answer the question. Still, Romney will be there to correct his misstatements. He will ask questions that will REQUIRE Obama to THINK and RESPOND without prep and/or teleprompter! The Forum won’t substantially matter. Watch for how Obama reacts to Romney’s challenges to his responses!
For sure, ideological acolytes will pay little attention to the realities of truthfulness. Unfortunately, that is true for both parties. However, the “center” in America will make the difference in this election even more than in past elections. For them, TRUTH, when it is credibly delivered, matters! That is why Obama will continue to do poorly when contrasted with a living breathing alternative candidate at the podium across the room. Truth is simply not on his side!
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