Today's New York Times reports that during preparations for last week's debate, advisers saw two presidents: One that was "listless and passive," the other "energetic and aggressive." Even the President himself conceded at a star-filled fundraiser last night in Los Angeles that the wrong one showed up in Denver. Obama's weak debate performance has raised questions about how much he really enjoys his job. He despises the sound bites and talking points the news media demand. How does he feel about coping with a hostile Congress? What about former Governor Mitt Romney's record with Democrats in Massachusetts?
Presidential Debates and Running the Country
- Matt Bai - Yahoo! News - @mattbai
- Jonathan Alter - MSNBC - @jonathanalter
- Norman Ornstein - American Enterprise Institute / Atlantic - @NormOrnstein