It’s almost like Clint Eastwood was vindicated. “Empty chair! See what I mean?”
The constant “uh…um…” from Barack Obama must have been startling for Americans to see. Here’s this great orator and he’s struggling to put together his sentences. He was stuttering like George W. Bush. And Obama was always looking down or away, leaning backward — everything about his posture and body language made clear he didn’t want to be at the debate at all. Like George H. Bush in 1992.
At that 1992 debate, Bill Clinton was masterful and fully in his element, explaining exactly what went wrong and why the incumbent had to go. (As much as I don’t like Clinton, he won the debates hand down and Americans trusted him to lead our country.) It was clinched in the minds of Americans when George H. Bush famously looked down at his watch. Game over.
Last night, another incumbent looked tired and bored, unable to give a defense of his record over the last four years and unwilling to spell out what he would do over the next four years.
Obama was certainly missing something in this debate.
Hey, maybe George H. Bush should send Obama his watch…