Bad debate, good fundraising and jobs report for the president
October 5th, 2012
05:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Bad debate, good fundraising and jobs report for the president

Washington (CNN) - A bad week suddenly got a lot better for President Barack Obama, who was criticized by friends and foes for a lackluster debate performance before learning of record fundraising followed by Friday's stronger-than-expected jobs report.

The drop in the unemployment rate to 7.8% provided both a tangible and symbolic campaign boost after analysts and a snap poll said he lost the first debate to Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Wednesday.

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  1. DENNA

    That bad debate performance was trumped by the good news about employment. LOL The Rethugs can't win for losing. Hahaaha I seriously love this. The employment picture was bound to get better. Heck, I personally know one person who just got a job. Also, I am doing better than I was last year. Hahahahahahaaa!

    October 5, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. ExRepublican

    I think Obama did a great job in the debate.
    Romney lied all through the debate he even want to fire Big Bird.
    Obama keep up the good work we got your back.
    We love you Obama.

    October 5, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Jen

    great news for the american people and our president. I lost my job under the republican president (bush) and got a new job under a Democrat (Obama). I also know someone who just got a full time job as well.

    October 5, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    God bless and keep you President Obama.
    May He continue to shine his light on you and reward your efforts on behlaf of the least of us, on behalf of our country, even while you risked your political career to do so.
    Walk in light Mr. President.
    You are a man of good.

    Obama 2012.

    October 5, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. L

    Everybody saw through Mitts flip-flopping and lying at the debate. The press is swooning, but I don't think Mitt fooled anybody but his faithful. The President gave the American people great respect when he allowed Mitt to show his true colors. How can someone be on every side of a question and expect to be taken seriously. Obama '12! Much respect to the President for not wallowing in the mud with Romney.

    October 5, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Babyboomer

    The jobs news is very good. The key thing is it fell to under 8%. We know it's still baby steps but they are steps in the right direction just the same. Like others have said, Mr. President, we've got your back. Obama/Biden 2012...

    October 5, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    Mitt the twit lied, he is a cheat, thug, cayman island tax cheat. Tell him to show 12 years taxes. Yes, on OBAMA12.

    October 5, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    @denna–yes, GOD is with us, Obama12.

    October 5, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. American

    Every year around the holidays, a number of unemployed people living at home with family stop looking for work to enjoy the holidays. Of the about 114,000 jobs created last month, most were low-paying jobs (often part-time) that will be terminated after the holidays are over just like last year and the year before and the year before that. Many went to foreign born workers. These are not sustainable good paying recovery jobs. Trying to use this little cyclical misunderstood holiday bump for political reasons is nonsensical and shameless imo.

    October 5, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    As far as I can tell, Mittens' debate parade was marred by the equivalent of the Shriners crashing their miniature fire engines into a group of small children (little bodyparts and bloody fezzes everywhere) and the Mummers having a massive "wardrobe failure."

    October 5, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. Ind.

    Even the media when told the numbers this morning they laughed. The numbers aren't even believable.

    October 5, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. Ind.

    The Hussein Obama administration have the spin cycle on high speed now.

    October 5, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. T'sah From Virginia

    I watched President Obama and every time he reacted to the lies RobMe told, he wrote them down. Now I admit, I was throwing socks at the TV every time Obama did not come back at RobMe for those lies – But, don't take that as a WEAKNESS – RobMe Beware!!! 90% of what RobMe said was a LIE as he tried to ETCH his way back to the center... Wait until the next debate – All of the lies Romney spewed are going to be thrown back in his face "subtly!!!"

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    October 5, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. Babyboomer

    Can anyone tell me why the jobs numbers were never questioned when other Presidents were in office or running for re-election??? Never mind, I already know...

    October 5, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. truth hurts

    Gurgyl - @denna–yes, GOD is with us, Obama12
    =====================================
    Right... because you removed reference to Him from the Democrat platform and then BOOOED Him when you put him back in, AGAINST the will of a majority of the Democrats there. It really was a great demonstration of the scam-sham that is called the Democrat Party, the party that BOOS God.

    October 5, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. Fadler

    It was Obama that failed not Lehrer. Lehrer even gave Obama 4 extra minutes. It was the "entertainer" versus the "manager" and it was evident. But some people prefer circuses to bread. Today preacher Obama is on the road again entertaining. The world is on fire and we are in trouble. We need a manager not a show.

    October 5, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Sniffit
    As far as I can tell, Mittens' debate parade was marred by the equivalent of the Shriners crashing their miniature fire engines into a group of small children (little bodyparts and bloody fezzes everywhere) and the Mummers having a massive "wardrobe failure."◄ LMAO

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    October 5, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. DENNA

    @ – Gurgyl

    @denna–yes, GOD is with us, Obama12.

    October 5, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
    =================================================================================== :-) LOL I confess to being DELIGHTED that old Oily Mittens got the legs kicked out from under him this morning. I can just image the snarkey comments he had ready to deliver with that sickening oily smile. In ya face Mitt!

    October 5, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    Nice try with the spin American. Is that the talking point the right is instructing their low-information listeners to repeat, hoping it'll eventually be mistaken as true? Holiday hiring doesn't begin until early November, about another four to five weeks. Anyone with family who stops looking for work a full two months prior to Thanksgiving in order to enjoy the holidays with their families musn't be very serious about finding a job.

    October 5, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. DENNA

    @ truth hurts: I am a firm believer of God and one thing I have discovered in my years as a Christian – He don't like ugly. Oh, I am also a staunch LIBERAL. See, those two things can go together quite nicely. :-)

    October 5, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. Howard

    SINCE OBAMA CAN'T LEAD ... HE HS TO MISLEAD !!!

    TO ALL YOU OBAMA STOOGES ... Your blind devotion to 'Dear Leader' ... your Fuhrer, is touching ... but it's time for you to leave the Obama cult. Defending Obama, who lost, and who can't loose like a good sport, just makes you ALL look like sore loosers. Obama was given a chance ... and, in the past 4 years, he has nearly destroyed America. NOW, it's time for Barack and Michelle to abdicate their throne, so Mitt Romney can begin repairing the excessive damage caused by Obama's terrible policies. Good bye Barack, Michelle, Nancy, Harry, Jarret, and Axelrod, and all the unelected czars ... and, GOOD RIDDANCE TO YOU ALL ... I'm sure you all will find another way to pick the pockets of hard working Americans !!!

    October 5, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    In our House we first give thanks to God for the job growth and 2nd we thank our President Obama for caring about all Americans. Romney can't distance himself from his 47% remarks because the money he raised at that meeting, as they clapped and laughted at his 47% remarks, he kept it, so really you tell me how Romney saying "I was wrong" cleans his hands. He's holding 100% of "I was wrong" money.

    October 5, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. Malory Archer

    American, also don't forget that a lot of students lost their summer jobs when they returned to school in September. Had that not been the case the number would be even better.

    October 5, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. Gurgyl

    Confessions are not admissible in the court of law..... Rude comment is rude comment. We do not pardone. Mitt the ba$ta@d is a cheat, thug of USA... Yes, on OBAMA12.

    October 5, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. Romney Said Let Them Eat Cake

    @Mallory Archer: Thanks for your post. Trying to reason with some of these brainwashed people is like herding cats.

    October 5, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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