Obama on debate day: 'I feel fabulous'
October 16th, 2012
11:36 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama on debate day: 'I feel fabulous'

(CNN) – Hours before his second matchup with Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama told reporters his spirits were high going into Tuesday's town hall-style presidential debate.

"I feel fabulous," Obama said as he strolled through the Kingsmill resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he has spent the last three days preparing for Tuesday's debate. The president was walking alongside David Plouffe, a White House adviser, and Anita Dunn, his former communications chief who is playing CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley, the debate's moderator, in the president's practice sessions.

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"Look at this beautiful day," he continued, before telling the reporters, "I hope you enjoy the weather."

On Monday, the president's campaign released a photo of first lady Michelle Obama holding up an Illinois absentee ballot. Asked by reporters if he knew his wife voted for him, Obama smiled and said, "Thank goodness."

He did not respond to a question about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton taking responsibility in a CNN interview for the safety of American diplomats following the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed the American ambassador.

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soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    My dear Obbie, good luck. All my blessings and god's blessings on you. Hit just like Joe, 47% comment, Let Detroit go bankrupt, England is not ready for Olympics–tell that Entire Europe is laughing.. Corporations are also people, my friend..

    October 16, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Critical Thinking

    Mr. President, facts and truth are your kryptonite. You seem to get weak and confused when they are in the same room with you.

    October 16, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. California Gary

    Romney has been running around telling one lie after another and getting away with it. Time to call him out Mr. President, and hold him accountable. It's a target rich environment.......just pick out a few of his most blatant lies and expose them for what they are.......Romney will fold and all the air will escape from his balloon.

    October 16, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. 1doctor

    I'm wearing my "Team Barack Team Joe" t-shirt. The only thing that matters is peaking at the right time! That time is Nov. 6th for Team Obama. Obama-Binden 2012!

    October 16, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Oh ho

    Mr President, please hold Mitt foot to the fire this time.

    October 16, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Martha in CF

    Go gettum Mr President. Show them your stuff......

    October 16, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. kakaraka

    Crtical Thinking, you missed your target. All you said goes to Mitt Romney the flip flopper and liar and not Obama. Unlike him, Obama is truthful and honnest with the American people, not Mitt who shift positions like a girouette.

    October 16, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Newfie

    As a Canadian I wish your president all the best!

    October 16, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Roger

    I love CNN, but i think it has not been fair to the president. It always gives the first word of analysis to the republican biased David gergen, and what do you think? he is going to say Obama this Obama that, did not well.. and because of this biased position, so manytimes other panel members are forced to go along with him. I think this is wrong, you should at least give the first choice to Gloria Borger because she is always neutral.

    October 16, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Padraig

    The only way the President can win is by skirting around his track record. Romney needs to focus on the big issues which is the economy, our debt, and foreign affairs.

    The President has failed our nation as its leader. Clearly when he stated the buck stops at you, he means who do I blame today for my poor performance. Yesterday, it was Hillary Clinton – even though the Libyan terrorist and she was in charge but our President is ultimately in charge. The buck stops at him.

    October 16, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Phil

    "The buck stops here" something you said in a interview taking responsibility for a presidency and a administration. Yet your buck always stops at someone else when you point the finger at them. 4 years of failed policies & a campaign of finger pointing w/ no accountability. You haven't spent one minute telling us how your next 4 years will be any different from your failed past 4. The only thing you have gone into detail about is how its Romney's fault and how Romney lies. Your Obama groupies may not hold you accountable and they may believe your empty promises. But America is smarter than that. And AMERICA DESERVES BETTER!

    October 16, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Woman In California

    I'll be praying for you Mr. President and our country, that we don't fall into the greedy, undeserving hands of the Ryan/Romney ticket.

    P.S. You were again very wise in not answering about the Libya situation as they are only trying to get something negative out there before the debate.

    October 16, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. DJ

    A fabulous day, but no answer as to who is responsible for Benghazi.

    October 16, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    Eat before you go to debate....please.

    October 16, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Bola

    Well the President looks good to go. Wish him best of luck of composure.he's counterpart will look forward to intimidate or confuse him. But he shd be firm, composed, and direct link to the audience and America people.

    October 16, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. jj

    Wishing you the best! Go Barry!

    October 16, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. simp

    @critical thinking comment "fact and truth are your kryptonite"

    LMBO really? this is the funniest comment I read today. romney told so many lies the President could not believe it. The President is a fair man but romney lied so much until the President was taken back by his dishonesty. so critical thinking you are a moron try to keep up tonite when the President blow that liar out of water!!

    October 16, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. UBS, WILLARD & THE 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    The President came to the Commonwealth to prepare for war. You're in for one long night Willard.

    October 16, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. luckjoe

    Romney 2012!

    October 16, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. bb

    David Gergen is on Romney's payroll as a political consultant. Therefore, Romney will always be declared the winner. Gergen's vote is already bought and paid for.

    October 16, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. big joel

    Please Mr. President give us this day. Mitt is always for war when in fact he would not enlist or allow his sons to enlist to fight for America based on his religion. This is hypocrisy at the highest level. Mr. President do not give him any chance to lie. Call him out on any lie immediately he opens his mouth to lie.

    October 16, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Borderless

    Are you sure, Mr. President? You don't have altitude sickness? Nothing else on your mind? You're able to focus this time? Because I'm just wondering what you are going to blame tonight's loss on.

    October 16, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. mete krop

    Hey Barack, I like your stayle. It is great. Don't listen to people and you won the denver debate. Maintain your prefromance the one you showed the world in the first debate. Afterall you are our president and nobody will take over from you. And keep on your presidential mood.

    .

    October 16, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Carol Fairweather

    We Canadians are routing for your President!!

    October 16, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. UBS, WILLARD & THE 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    @Borderless

    I wonder is Willard going to cite his "6 independent/non-partisan studies."

    October 16, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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