Obama makes fun of his debate
October 8th, 2012
02:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama makes fun of his debate

(CNN) – President Barack Obama made light of his widely-panned debate showing while appearing Sunday night at a star-studded concert in Los Angeles.

At an event featuring singers Katy Perry, Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, and Jon Bon Jovi, the president reflected on a recent on-stage performance of his own.

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"Everybody here is incredible professionals. They're such great friends and they just perform flawlessly night after night," he said, taking a pause. "I can't always say the same."

Obama drew criticism from Democrats last week for being what some described as listless, lethargic and ill-prepared in his match-up against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

His joke at the concert, which drew laughs from the audience, came a couple of hours before the president poked fun at himself at another event. Speaking at a fund-raiser, Obama talked about the debate falling on the same day as his 20th wedding anniversary with his wife, Michelle.

"The actual anniversary date was not that romantic," he said. "There was some speculation as to whether this had an impact on my performance. But I did make it up to her on Saturday."

The couple enjoyed a private dinner at the Bourbon Steakhouse in Georgetown's tony Four Seasons hotel.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • President Obama • Presidential Debates
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. WordUpToo

    @Crybabies – that's okay, the real whining is going to start on November 6th! when Obama puts the smack-down on the Robme/Lyin campaign!

    October 8, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Orchid333

    I love it when people try to blame gas prices on the President... just shows how ignorant they really are.

    You know, if you just read through the transcripts of the debate and count all of the facts versus falsities, then Obama won hands down. Sure, he was off his game at the debate in terms of how he "looked" – but substance matters most to me, and I think to most Americans.

    October 8, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. CryBabies

    Back at it again...Shootin hoops or Hollywooding it! What a breath of stale air!

    October 8, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Mitt Romney does have a major success story, he was successful in hiding out in France to avoid being drafted to serve in Vietnam, 58,220 American soldiers were killed, he returned to the U.S. after the war and draft was over. Now he wants to be successful as Commander in Chief to send your children to war while his five(5) sons hide out safely at home, like father like son. President Obama is trying to end wars and bring our troops home which is the right thing to do, they've given so much as well as their families.

    October 8, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Bethtex

    Just got to love how serious our president takes his job while the country is drowning..................it is pathetic

    October 8, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Lisa P

    I thought Romney's comment about his five sons was pretty much an outline of his strategy for the night, with him playing his own lying sons (but then, where did they learn that sort of behavior to start with?). If I had had to spend the whole night explaining to a liar why his lies were lies only to have him repeat the lies again I would not have been very enthusiastic or energetic, either. As far as I'm concerned President Obama showed the patience of Job. The insta-pundits and squawkers have been putting way too much emphasis on style and not enough on substance.

    October 8, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Rich Park

    Romney: "I have 5 kids and even if they keep repeating something over and over it still doesn't make it true" ANS: " You should not be writing off your kids as fast as you write off over half your taxes, maybe its because you can't see the truthful aspect in what is easily just to dismiss"

    October 8, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Phil

    Whats funny is the fact you had to go back to Ca for more $$$ because even your own campaign is in debt. $2 million in the negative. Looks like you are running your campaign just like you ran the country, Spending more $$$ than you can actually bring in. SPEND SPEND SPEND SPEND SPEND. Practice what you preach!

    October 8, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. fuskiegirl21

    Maybe he can poke some fun at his poor performance for the last 4 years as well.

    October 8, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Obama thinks it's funny. Along with his jokes about big bird. He has a bullies mentality. When he picks a fight and starts getting his butt kicked, all he can do is laugh at the little guy and make bully comments. He's a post turtle at best!

    October 8, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Orchid333 most of your buddy Obama supporters still blame Bush for gas prices. The same ones that voted Obama in. squawk squawk blame bush squawk!

    October 8, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. brooklynreader

    One thing that concerns me about Romney is his divided loyalties. I've yet to hear him proclaim, as President Kennedy did, that he'd be willing to be excommunicated if his relationship to his church conflicted with his job as President. He's sworn to follow the living Prophet/President and Board of Apostles of the LDS church in whatever they order him to do. That concerns me, as it supercedes conscience, and he's no lay member of his faith, but a bishop and a former Stake President.

    October 8, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. normaperez

    just saw a poll showing Romney ahead of Prez Obama. felt so bad that Obama did not have chance to go to the spa everyday for a month, get a massage daily, practice with his trainer for weeks in advance. Obama reminded me of a person who has put a long day in at the office, then has to go to some tedious function afterward. You can bet Romney slept in that morning, took an hour nap in the PM, had a perfect dinner, then went off to the only function of the day.

    And because Romney looked and sounded so well and so rested he is now ahead? It doesn't take much to sway the American populace. Wow.

    October 8, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. andalou

    The president gave himself an incomplete. Where I come from that is the same as an F. FAIL. He didn't give himself a needs improvement because he actually thinks everything is going fine. It is for him at least. Tons of golf time, and he gets to hang out with big Hollywood stars. Meanwhile most of the nation suffers. I voted for this dope; wanting to believe in the HOPE and CHANGE. We were all duped. He is like BUSH 3.0. It's like he skipped a whole version. More war, more lies, more taxes.

    October 8, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Bill from GA

    The President has done a great job of turning the nosediving economy around, and he will get my support.

    However, his performance last Wednesday, letting romney beat him up, lie, always get the last word, and generally take over the debate with his rudeness and lack of respect for the rules of debate, is no joking matter.

    October 9, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. Anonymous

    From IBD 4/2012.
    "The explosive growth in disability enrollment also "helps explain some of the drop in the labor force participation rate," noted economist Ed Yardeni on his blog.
    In fact, the participation rate — the share of working-age people who have or are looking for a job — has fallen to 63.8% compared with 65.7% at the start of Obama's term.
    Ironically, this drives down the unemployment rate, which simply measures how many people are looking for work but haven't been able to find it. When people quit looking or sign up for disability benefits, they no longer count as unemployed".

    October 9, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. epipsyche

    Obama's debate spectacle last week was equivalent to a quarterback taking a knee on almost every down. If he isn't going to do his own fighting for the presidency, then who will? His wife? Biden? Jon Stewart?

    October 9, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. alex

    Yes, Obama is responsible for the gasoline prices. He appointed, Chew, to his cabinet for energy and his qualifications included his often published and announced desire to have US gas prices rise to $4.00 per gallon, so that his green desire for alternate energy would become required. You get what you work for.!!! Obama has refuse to allow petro development on federal land (& ocean floor) and then "slow-permitted" that to the same effect as not allowing it. He has refused to allow a pipeline to bring Canadian shale oil to Texas by refusing permits for the pipeline. (Although he posed for pictures to the present terminis of that pipeline in Okalamoma, which is the maximum length that private companies could financially build it). He has put so many restrictions and taxes on new refinaries that no company can build them anymore without losing money. So we have seasonal shortages (like right now, when they change the product mix). The fact that we have a slight energy surplus right now (and not $7 dollar gasoline) is that private industry has developed (without government help or assistance) a lot of natural gas and also found ways of cranking a little more out of existing fields. This has all be done inspite of obama and not because of him

    October 9, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. hp

    In the past 4 years the US has put more people on disability than to work.
    The Social security administration published a report on oct 5, 2012 showing the number of people placed on the federal disability insurance program since 2009 is 3.1 Million, the people put to work on new jobs 2.6 million.
    I bet most of these people would rather have a job. Putting them on disability decreases the unemployment numbers so this is what we are doing.

    October 9, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Canuck

    Obama just doesn't seem to want to be in this fight. He was not prepared to call Romney on any of his statements in the dabate, until the next day when it was obviously too late. He seems incapable of fighting for what he believes in. It's too bad.

    October 9, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. TomVIO

    People say such stupid things like without a teleprompter, Obama doesn't know what to say...

    Did any of you losers even watch the debate or you just saw the news that Obama wasn't enthusiastic?

    I saw the whole debate, and if I was selecting the winner of it, I'd definitely call Obama as the winner of this debate.

    He maybe did not look as energetic as Romney did, but Obama did know exactly what to say and he spoke about a lot of important things and spoke many good points. Romney, on the other hand, looking all energetic, did not give any details on how he will take our country to a better direction. All he was saying is that he will.

    I am neither a Democrat, nor I am a Republican. In fact, I despise both parties and I registered to vote as an independent.

    This debate did not change my mind about voting for Obama, and it even gave me a stronger belief in Obama!!! Romney may be a nice person, (although some stories from past don't portray him as nice), is not the leader that the USA needs. Romney might be a great businessman, so after Obama wins the re-election, maybe he should appoint Romney as the head of the Treasury of the United States.

    October 9, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. Penobscot

    Is Romney the only one taking the Presidency of the United States seriously?

    One more reason to vote for Romney. I don't want a celebrity comic in chief. I want somebody who will run this country. It's a big deal.

    October 9, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. lil

    Rumney used Pres Obamas words like they were his own even parts of his speeches. How can any person vote for such a liar as this person. How can we vote for people who dont want to see unemployment go down. who cheer when the job numbers are high. republican hate poor people. All poor people.

    October 9, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. The Real Deal

    I saw this tactic used in elementary school when a kid did something stupid. Now, with his Big Bird ad, Obama has driven himself back to his infant years.

    October 9, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. LR

    Romney will gut the middle class just like he gutted those companies with Bain. He's a cut-throat businessman looking out for himself and his ultra rich buddies, like Trump. He has no idea how it feels to struggle having been born with a sliver spoon in his mouth. He mocked the people with cheap plastic raincoats and the local bakery for their cookies...he looks down on average people-he's an elitist. He also dodges taxes, with off-shore tax havens (very American), and dodged the Vietnam war by going to France through his church. He's ready to go to war with Iran, but you can be darn sure his sons won't serve.He said his sons serve this country by campaigning for him! He didn't support the Lilly Ledbetter bill-equal pay for women. Obama is a champion for women's rights. Romney is out-of-touch with the average person and will kick you to the curb...that 's how he made his millions.

    October 9, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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