I like many other supporters of President Obama was extremely disappointed in what I perceived as a weak debate performance. Here was a sitting president of the United States who spent more time looking at his notes than challenging the right wing rhetoric of Mr. Romney. The focus of my disappointment was the refusal to raise the issues taped at the $50,000 a plate dinner with Republican supporters. I was primed to see a forceful presentation of the question “Mr. Romney, in a private setting when your audience were a bunch of rich fat cats who share your view of the world – you were recorded as saying that you did not care about 47% of the American public – that they are dependent upon the government, assuming no responsibility for self-support.” In the recesses of my mind, this was the crowning question for the debate and it was not even asked.
What I did not consider was that obviously Mr. Romney had been prepped with a response that had been rehearsed to be given at the first opportunity, and he looked forward to the world stage to issue the prepared response. Since the debate there have been retractions but they have not had the ‘world audience’ and the atmosphere that was present on Wednesday night. Can you imagine the talking heads and the headlines on Thursday morning, including Mr. Romney’s complete retraction and explanation for his remarks? But he was denied the opportunity because President Obama did not bring it up and Romney could not think of a way to raise the issue without being prompted; brilliant!