A LAUNDRY LIST FOR OBAMA.
He must not deviate from it.
President Barack Obama has got his work cut out for him in tomorrow's debate with the Republican Party candidate, former Gov. Mitt Romney, for the 2012 presidential election.
He must come out smoking on topics like, how deep the present recession was, when he took over, the Fast-and-Furious program that went haywire, the huge National debt, the deficit that was overwhelming the country's budget, Foreign policy, and the Libyan debacle that left 4 vibrant young Americans dead, including an Ambassador, Chris Stevens, etc., etc., and how he would find solutions to all those problems.
There should not be any "Gov. Romney and I," statements. This should be a debate that should completely separate him from his opponent, and therefore it should be different from the one on October 3rd., 2012.
He was "too polite", he has said so himself; but he was also too gentle in dealing with his questions and answers, which did not fit into an occasion of that kind, when a nation's future was at stake and he was the president.
Gov. Mitt Romney had enumerated his plan.
1. He would create 12 million private sector jobs in four years.
2. He would open up trade with other countries (and he had made mention of South American countries in particular; though, not by name).
3. He would make North America energy independent, by permitting oil drilling (almost everywhere in the country), clean coal and pay attention to "green" energy sources.
4. Make the United States militarily strong to be able to protect itself and stand by its allies at all times.
He was especially thinking about the Israeli - Iran controversy over whether the latter should be able to acquire a nuclear bomb, in that instance.
(... and sometimes he would add,
5. Pass a Constitutional budget amendment bill, for good measure.)
That performance at the last debate, got the momentum going for him on the campaign trail, of which he was able to take advantage to seize the enthusiasm in the country, and that has propelled him up in the national polls.
He was now ahead in a few battleground states; and Obama, who was occupying first place in the polls, was now playing "catch up, if you can".
Obama should make his entrance from the left and stay on the left hand side as much as possible. Coming from the right of the audience or the TV screen tend to be a misfortune, in 9 cases out of 10, for candidates. He should not be shy or bashful in any way in facing his opponent. He should be prepared to argue and win every bit of the debate. He should open his mouth and articulate his sentences clearly and forcefully in making his points and getting them across for the crowd to hear him.
The audience participants in the debate might miss or forget some relevant questions; but he himself should pose some effective ones to Romney, like the 47% gaffe, the rumor that he has "not paid taxes in 10 years", and about the federal tax returns that he has failed to produce publicly. He would be coy and cunning; but that was when Obama should push him. He (Obama) was not going to embarrass Romney at all, if he did.
The strongest communication skill has always been to look straight in the eye of the contender and speak to him or her; and Obama should adopt that habit stringently. The next was that one should not be too emotional, but one should show emotion, whenever necessary.
A smile, a laugh or even laughter was allowed, but no grinning, as that distorted one's face, let alone as the slightest grin would tarnish one's image. Obama was doing a lot of that during the last debate; and he should not repeat it again in the two remaining debates with Romney.
Also, one should be oneself, and be as natural as possible, without the notion that one was trying to make a good impression on those watching.
Most of all, he, Obama, was there to espouse his agendas for deserving of a second term as president, and the seriousness of the occasion should be uppermost on his mind, as Romney was not at the debate to fool around, so to speak.
He, Romney, was aiming to take something away from him (Obama); the presidency of the United States, the highest office in the land, and the most powerful political position, as leader of the free world. Therefore he, Obama, must be able to wholly define and defend his policies, to the best of his ability, and to the satisfaction of his listeners and viewers. That should be his main preoccupation on Tuesday night.
Anything else would not suffice, as far as the electorate was concerned.
One was not showing that one was a backer of Obama; but one was only interested in having a true and honest president for the country.