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Thomas Lucente: Spanking of Obama not surprising


August 24. 2013 7:54PM
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By now, most of you have either seen, or heard about, the old-fashioned spanking Gov. Mitt Romney gave President Barack Obama Wednesday evening at the first of the joint news conferences ... er ... I mean debates.



The victory was a hollow one because the best candidate, Gov. Gary Johnson, was not allowed on the stage. The Republicans and Democrats rigged the system to keep anyone from challenging their monopoly on power.



Regardless, Romney's shellacking of Obama clearly showed that Obama was out of his league.



As Charles Hurt of the Washington Times put it, “Bewildered and lost without his teleprompter, President Obama flailed all around the debate stage last night. He was stuttering, nervous and petulant. It was like he had been called in front of the principal after goofing around for four years and blowing off all his homework.”



Or, to paraphrase Dennis Miller, it was so bad that at one point it looked as though Obama was prepared to vote for Romney.



The most telling moment was when Romney began to explain to Obama how a national economy works, Obama's eyes glazed over. He looked as though he were a deer caught in headlights.



That, however, was to be expected. This president has been so disengaged from the workings of the federal government the last three years that it is not surprising that he only knows what people tell him.



As a Government Accountability Institute analysis of Obama’s calendar showed, the president has spent just 412 hours in economic meetings of any kind throughout his presidency versus the more than 600 hours he’s spent golfing. This is why he is always surprised when something happens. He is simply not paying attention.



That is what happens, however, when someone as unqualified as Barack Obama is sent to the White House. Before being elected, he had not so much as managed a McDonald's.



He spent a few years as a community organizer before law school. After law school, he was a lecturer at a law school for 12 years, where he did not publish so much as a law review article. Then he spent a couple of years as an attorney, but let his license lapse in 2007. He served a few years as a state senator and then spent three years as a U.S. Senator. However, he spent that entire time campaigning for president.



That's it.



Even that little bit of experience is deceiving. He tried to run for the House and was soundly defeated. He won his other races because of weak opponents. He would have lost his Senate bid in 2004 had Jack Ryan, the Republican primary winner, had not gotten caught up in a sex scandal and had to withdraw from the race.



He won the 2008 Democratic primary because there was no way this country was going to choose another Clinton. He won the 2008 presidential election largely because the GOP, for reasons that still boggle my mind, chose John McCain as its candidate.



In all that time, he really did not have a strong opponent who he had to debate. The debate Tuesday night with Romney was the first time he had to stand toe to toe against someone with real-world experience, an excellent grasp of the issues, and is quite comfortable thinking on his feet. Obama has never been one to think well on his feet. When Obama goes off message, his advisers cringe because he says things such as, "You didn't build that."



Then, just 90 minutes after the debate ended, the Obama campaign sent out an email under Obama's name saying, "I hope I made you proud out there explaining the vision we share for this country."



What? Made us proud?



Only an out-of-touch Democrat who gets stomped could proudly send out an email such as that.



Now the real fun comes next. That is when Vice President Joe Biden debates U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.



I suspect millions of Americans will be tuning in just to hear what crazy thing Biden will say while talking off the cuff.



I know I will. That should be the most entertaining 90 minutes of our entirely too long presidential campaign season.





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