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7.8 Is Good News for Obama

Updated on February 8, 2013
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When President Obama and Mitt Romney walked off of the stage in their Denver debate, their was no doubt about who "won." Romney went toe to toe with the President, and held his own. Romney provided us with some of the baloney he has been proposing throughout his campaign, and even made some new facts up as he went along. Romney, for example, denied that any plan of his calls for a $5 trillion tax cut, even though his plans call for precisely that. It was a beautiful debate maneuver. Romney successfully kept Obama on the defensive.

I kept wondering where Obama was, and why was that other guy on the stage taking his place? For the man standing in for Obama showed none of the passion, fire or charisma that the real Obama possesses. You see, that Obama would never have let Romney get away without explaining his 47 percent comments. Campaign Obama would have called Romney out on Medicare, by saying, flatly, that the 716 billion dollars in cuts that Romney accused him of happen to be in Paul Ryan's own plan. Campaign Obama would have demanded to know what loopholes, exactly, Romney is hoping to cut. Campaign Obama would also have pointed out that Romney flip-flopped, yet again, by expressing his sudden, new found support for government regulations...

Obama's first debate performance was passive. The man on the stage that night was uncharming, unconvincing and clearly uninterested with the proceedings. He was also noticeably uncomfortable with having to stand in prime time and defend his record. Hence, a poor performance for Obama, and a stellar performance by Romney.

But that was on Wednesday. Any euphoria the Romney Team must have felt following the debates has now just been stopped dead in its tracks. The new jobs report for September showed a decline in the unemployment rate, which now stands at 7.8 percent. What is more, that growth comes mostly from an upsurge in people finding jobs, which is the polar opposite of Romney's claim that some people have just given up looking for work. And the numbers of the August jobs report have undergone revisions. 142,000 jobs were added in August, which is better than the original report.

Romney was hoping to deliver Obama a 1-2 punch; a victory in the debates, followed by another poor jobs report would have helped Romney to no end. But Romney did well in the debates, which usually never make much difference in the election. And then, after Romney delivered a theme of 41 months of 8 percent unemployment, the unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent. In other words, reality swept the floor from under Romney's feet. His strongest argument, that the economy has not grown under Obama, has shown actual growth. It undermines a central theme of Romney's campaign.

Obama has got to be the luckiest politician on the planet. Just two days after being walloped by a weak, uninspiring challenger, the heavens deliver Obama this; the lowest unemployment rate since he took office.

The first debate was never going to change the dynamics of the race, but the new numbers on the economy might.


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    • lrc7815 profile image

      Linda Crist 

      5 years ago from Central Virginia

      I agree Nathan. The next debate will be a different beast. Something was just off with Obama on this one. Maybe it was strategy but something was just weird.

    • Nathan Orf profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathan Orf 

      5 years ago

      lrc7815,

      Thanks for dropping by!

      I agree that Romney's performance was dishonest and he did come across as a bully, but Obama had so many openings to clobber Romney, and he did not take them.

      But I think Romney had better watch out in the next debate. Obama will be ready and raring to go!

    • Nathan Orf profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathan Orf 

      5 years ago

      Hey ib, thanks for commenting. But no, sorry, I kid not.

      Although its true that the economy took a turn for the worse in early 2008, a few weeks before Obama's inauguration, now, according to the new jobs report from the Bureau of Labor, the unemployment rate is at 7.8 percent. That is the lowest that it has been since Obama took office, and it happened under the Presidents watch.

      The very same report also suggests that many people have not given up searching for work. In fact, that accounts for a large part of the new statistics; more people have reported having jobs than giving up looking for them. And since the unemployment rate has declined, so, I assume, have unemployment payouts.

      And Obama's job approval rating just went up to 52 percent, according to the most recent Gallup poll. All of this would suggest that Obama is still going strong.

      It will take a whole lot more than one debate to finish Obama. Don't count him out so soon.

    • lrc7815 profile image

      Linda Crist 

      5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Good assessment of the debate. Obama was definitely off his game and I can excuse that. None of us are 100% all the time. I personally think Romney reinforce my belief that he nothing more than a bully and a liar. On the surface, it appeared he won the debate but the fact checkers are quickly dispelling any win for him. The jobs report is great news either way.

    • ib radmasters profile image

      ib radmasters 

      5 years ago from Southern California

      You got to be kidding

      Obama is going down like the economy did in 2008.

      After four years many people have just given up on getting a job, the same is true for unemployment payouts.

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