Barack wakes up but it’s all about Bush and Libya
So the sleepyhead woke up. Whassup, Barack?
Lefties in the US were about to jump a fortnight ago, when the president lamely waffled his way through the first debate. Obama had his large cappuccino this time around. With his back against the wall today at the second “town hall debate”, the prez was the clear winner of a duel that featured questions from undecided Americans.
That’s not to say Romney didn’t sell himself well. He always sells himself well. He certainly has one flash haircare regimen to keep it grey only at the temples. He was especially convincing, and perhaps befuddling, when reeling off a string of stats about how Obama’s economy is down in the dumps.
The two candidates were at their best answering the two-meta questions of the US election voters threw out there.
Is Barack Obama a failure?
And is Mitt Romney just a ghost of this man?
On the first question, Romney’s indictment Obama’s record and the state of the economy was searing, undercutting Obama’s impressive list of achievements.
But the question about whether Romney was really just George Bush (with better hair and an equally earnest demeanour) caught him off guard.
Obama said to it: Sure, Romney’s not Bush.
And then he pointed to a series of examples of how Romney’s policies were even more extreme.
The shadow of the former, much-maligned president hung over the debates, even if he was rarely named.
Obama spent plenty of time dwelling on the fact that Romney’s economic policies had already been tried by the unnamed Texan. And he seemed to have the better end of those clashes.
There was a lot of talk of Libya. For those interested though, there were few signs what either candidate’s election would mean for us.
Both candidates rattled on about how tough they’d be on our (distant) neighbour, China. Something we’ll be caught in the middle of.
And, curiously, there was little mention of the ticking timebomb of the US economy.
At the end of the year, whoever’s about to take office is going to have to confront a massive financial mess that US politicians kicked down the road during the last financial mess.
If the US economy blows up again, that’ll hurt us. One of these men is going to have to deal with it. And it won’t be Bush.
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