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. d50

    "I feel fabulous" So did the captain of the Titanic, right up until the water started to swirl around his feet.

    October 16, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. nana from canada

    Good luck Mr. President

    My family and I in Canada we love u and we pray that you tell American people how sincere you are and how lucky they are to have you as a president. THE PRESIDENT OF THE 100%

    October 16, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. al in memphis

    One problem the president had was to assume people want to make an informed decision. The facts actually work in Obama favor. When some one purchase a troubled, bankrupt company, they implement changes to start a turn around. That company rarely report a profit the next month or even the next year.

    The economy of a country is a lot more complicated than that of a single company and into today's environment the USA economy is tied to the rest of the world.
    Look what has happen, the stock market is double from its lows, stop losing 750,000 jobs a month to private sector growth, many states would have been bankrupt is not for interim funding through stimulus, the DEFICIT rate is decline under Obama by hundreds of billions a year, tax rates are still at it lowest in decades.

    I think the only way Obama would be given any credit was if he had paid off all the debt (50 year task) and have unemployment at 0.0005%. Only then would it be hard to twist those numbers.

    October 16, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Joi Gibson

    Good Luck Mr. President!!!! Be prepared for whichever Romney shows up tonight (because you never know with him). Just be your smart, classy self. There are more of us than the so-called media pundits think who did not fall for Romney's about face and who stand with you 100 percent. We take substance over style (although you do have plenty of style).

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!

    October 16, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Bill

    Maybe it is time Mr President to act like a leader and not assume you have the election won already like you did last time. No more excuses. Either you want to be president or you dont. If you dont understand this maybe you shouldnt be president.

    October 16, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Marcus

    Bye bye BAMA! Good riddance, Mr. Hussein.

    Romney-Ryan!

    October 16, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Right wingnut logic: If you have no stocks or 401 investments for retirement today, you are not better off than when Bush crashed the economy. If you do not have a pre existing condition or are not a college student, you are not better off than you were under the repubes even though your premiums now are mostly spent on healthcare. If you are not one of the 5.3 million hired under Obama, and are still part of the 7.8% unemployed, you are not better off. If you are not a veteran or a soldier home from Iraq, you are not better off. If you are a woman who does not think you should have reproductive rights or equal pay, you are not pleased. If you are a senior and hate social security and medicare, you probably are not happy with the president's efforts to make the system solvent through 2024.

    October 16, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. truth hurts

    Is this resort at the exact same altitude as the debate site??? Don't want to hear that excuse again.

    October 16, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. beevee

    I hope that the president does well in the debate. My only concern is that the lying Romney will disregard the format of the debate, ignore the moderator and the questions and goes on his rampage of attacking the president. I also hope that the TV audience can see the differences in the vision of the two candidates towards uplifiting the country. We are already seeing the turn of events for the better in job market and the economy and housing all to the credit of the president's policies. The voters should think about whether it is wise to change the reigns and favor a guy (Romney) with an empty rhetoric but no national record to show.

    October 16, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Hopefully someone will ask Romney what he thinks of his running (and then fakeing his time) mate creating yet another moment where he pretends to care for the poor and underprivileged. Ryan stopped at a soup kitchen after the had fed the poor, cleaned the place up and only had a few homeless people standing around outside. Then Ryan and his family told the press they could not talk to the homeless, went inside without the permission of the group running the place, faked cleaning up the kitchen that was already clean (God forbid that a Ryan touch something actually soiled by one of the lower classes) for a photo op and left.
    No wonder Obama is feeling good. Think about how many opportunities there will be between now and election day for the Republiocans to accidently show their own attitudes towards the poor and middle class. All that time. All those chances to accidently show how Republican do not care about anyone not in the monied strata. If I were Obama, I might just dance up onto that stage.

    October 16, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Anthony

    If Obama debates as fabulously as he feels, Romney is finished. No matter how well Romney debates, he still won't give you explanations and details for his own positions, and you just have to take his words for it. Taking Romney's words is the last thing people should do. Romney is like a used car salesman. He is peddling the same old Bush policies (more tax cuts, less regulations) that were not working under Bush. And Romney will never keep his words. He changes positions about as often as people change clothes. Why should people start believing in Romney now?

    October 16, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. truth hurts

    Haven't seen Anita Dunn in a while. Her favorite philosopher is Mao! But I'm sure Obama won't be using any of his words and tactics tonight. He'll save them for his second term when he can "be more flexible".

    October 16, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Marie

    Go Mr. President. Whatever happens you have MY VOTE. I will always take class and substance over smarm and shiny….oh excuse me…”style”.

    October 16, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. BD70

    Good luck Mr President! Expect the unexpected. As I said before...you need to stay on your toes and thumb your nose. Call out Romney on his lies and flip flopping.

    October 16, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Patrick

    Good luck Mr President. The only CHRISTIAN running for president. I'd never vote for that CULT member. What does the bible say about worshiping another supposed book of God?

    October 16, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. oy

    Pro-Romney people: what does it say to you that the rest of the world is rooting for the Pres and NOT Rmoney? The very same way that they rooted for the Pres. and not McCain, and certainly not Bush. This should tell you something and that is that the rest of the world knows who would lead us better in foreign policy AND the economy, since it is a global economy now and we don't live in a bubble.
    The world is sick of war hawks, aren't you?Rmoney would have us in Afghanistan indefinitely (per Ryan) and has insinuated he would go to war with Iran over supposed nukes that don't even exist yet (seriously, Ryan? You think they can spin centrifuges faster and somehow make nuclear energy faster? Oy)

    October 16, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Patrick

    Obama all the way. My 401K, yes MY RETIREMENT has FULLY recovered after that Republican nightmare of 8 years.

    October 16, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. John, PA

    This debate and election are not going to be about how Obama feels or how likeable Obama may think he is. It’s going to be a referendum on the Obama and the Democrats record of FAILURE.

    October 16, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. pkrbkr

    Our prayers are with you, Mr. President! Go after Robme and Lyin'Ryan with the truth of how far we've come in these 4 years......Obama/Biden 2012

    October 16, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. mesa mick

    Here's one for ya Mr. President...Use it tonight.

    “Mitt Romney was not a businessman…He was a master financial speculator who bought, sold, flipped, and stripped businesses. Bain’s billions of profits were not rewards for capitalist creation; they were mainly windfalls collected from gambling in markets that were rigged to rise.” David Stockman – Reagan Budget Director

    October 16, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. SMKO

    I think the president will do just fine this time. He will show the American people that he worked hard for them during the past four years. He cares about all American all 100% . My advice for the president just be yourself. You are “Fabulous” when you are yourself. We love you we believe in you and good luck.

    October 16, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. SMKO

    The president will do just fine this time. He will show the American people that he worked hard for them during the past four years. He cares about all American all 100% . My advice for the president just be yourself. You are “Fabulous” when you are yourself. We love you we believe in you and good luck.

    October 16, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. oy

    And pro-Rmoney people...I just don't get it. I can understand voting Rep. (I suppose), but to actively stump for someone who couldn't find the truth if it hit him over the head? Who changes his positions so suit his audience? Who has offshore accounts to avoid taxes and won't even let you see his tax returns? Who did not, though he claimed otherwise, have ANY sort of bipartisan support when he was gov'r of MA? Who headed up a company that made money off American businesses dying and who still owns stock in said company? Who put a dog in a car carrier and drove for 12 HOURS like that? Who held down and cut off the hair of a gay fellow student?
    Regardless of your feelings on social topics (and he's going to change his positions again if he gets in, so you can't even count of that)...he's just NOT a nice person. Unless you are in the 1% he does NOT care about your best interests. Doesn't it strike you at all odd that he is so secretive and that he actually has to have other people testifying that he is "Actually a nice guy"??! Shouldn't that be apparent already? You can tell when someone is a good person by the way that they ACT.

    October 16, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Joanne Babineau

    Good Luck, Mr. President. I am from Canada and I wish you the best tonight; I believe in you and your policies. I respect and admire your family. I will be rooting and watching the debate ....Move Forward Mr. President...God Bless!!!

    October 16, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Roger

    Mr. President, we will pray for you to encounter whichever Romney shows up tonight, you know you can never know what he is going to lie about tonight, but you will be okay as long as the media doesn't shift it's goal post. Because when don't you don't attack they bash you, when you do, they might say the indepents don't like attacking. So the media should be fair tonight

    October 16, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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