October 19, 2012

Quote of the Day

But the single biggest metaphorical crotch-kick of the night came from great-grandson Al Smith IV, who told President Obama, "We recognize that you have some challenges this year. It's never good when your opponent has produced more sons than you have jobs." -- via Jim Geraghty [video]
2012 Election Quote of the Day Posted by John Kranz at October 19, 2012 10:22 AM

I hope this doesn't get out, the President is absolutely charming here.

Posted by: jk at October 19, 2012 10:48 AM

You are so right, brother jk. It's really the most I've ever liked the guy. If I didn't think he was ruining the country with his policies I'd vote for him...

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at October 19, 2012 5:26 PM

Wow, not my reaction at all. I thought he was likeable to an average degree but no more. His jokes were bare minimum grade funny. His demeanor was depressed. I viewed him as a pathetic character worthy of pity. I actually felt sorry for him - trying to campaign on his record is its own form of Sissyphean undertaking.

Mitt Romney, on the other hand, was confident, hilariously funny and - absolutely charming. His wit was mercilessly biting. "In the spririt of Sesame Street, the Obama Administration is brought to you by the letter "O" and the number "16 trillion." OUCH!

It was reported that after the speeches everyone wanted to meet Mitt, even the liberals.

Posted by: johngalt at October 19, 2012 6:54 PM

Let me try an olive branch... each showed an unexpected side. Romney was surprisingly biting. I, too, dug several of the lines but was pretty surprised at their ferocity. Plus, Gov. Romney's close was solid gold. I'd buy all the TV time in Ohio and run that as an ad.

Where one expected nice Romney and got fierce Romney, I was expecting fierce-bordering-on-petty Obama. A little self-effacing humor, however, really serves the President well. Had he mastered that as well as he does it here, he would be up 20 points in the polls.

Posted by: jk at October 19, 2012 7:30 PM

Now I have watched Romney and I agree he was very strong indeed.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at October 19, 2012 9:22 PM

I told him so in person Saturday night but I want to note for the record that I agree with jk's assessment of the nuances of the two men's presentations. And the president was self-effacing, to a point. But I think I've seen that from him before, at least in deference to Michele if none else. I just don't think whatever charm he might have displayed outweighed the other characteristics I listed above.

Posted by: johngalt at October 22, 2012 2:35 PM | What do you think? [6]