Obama on debate day: 'I feel fabulous'
October 16th, 2012
11:36 AM ET
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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. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Why should the 1% know what Romney's economic plan is and the voters don't know and the proof that 1% knows is they keep giving him money. If Candy Crowly can break Romney down to explain his tax plan instead of Romney/Ryan telling people they'll explain it later or other sources say it's good, then she will have accomplished what Romney's hidden agenda is he's not willing to tell until after election.

    October 16, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Sorensen

    Lying Romney is awkward and stupid in front of real people. He has no idea about their lives, His not overly bright
    wife calls them "you people". He is fake and empty. And transparent. He is coming to the end.

    October 16, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Borderless

    Vice President Biden, a man I consider a closet racist, did not deliver on his debate so the pressure on President Hollywood is doubled. He will fail tonight.

    October 16, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. California Gary

    I think that Romney has told so many lies, and changed his positions so many times, that he is likely to get all tangled up in his responses to questions tonight. If that happens, he is finished.......

    October 16, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Marie


    You said it well and to the point.....this race does not have anything to do with issues OTHER than race. Because unless you are a part of Romney's 50% = you are blinded anyway!

    October 16, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Tonight's matchup: A failure vs. a Liar


    "@Tonight's matchup

    I could not agree more. Exactly right! I would vote for Hillary in a second! Maybe in 2016."

    Since she's being offered up as the goat for the embassy bombings, that won't happen (and she and Bill both know it). I always thought she was bluffing regarding her pulling out of politics after her time as Sec of State, but I guess she's being truthful. There's no way she can take responsibility for dropping the ball on the bombings and get elected President. Absolutely no way.

    October 16, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. God Bless America

    I voted yesterday for our great President Obama. I don't need a debate to make up my mind.

    October 16, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Kasparov

    "I feel fabulous" this time is a lot better than "This is a drag" of last time debate preparations.

    October 16, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. RealityBites

    A123 Systems, once touted by Obama as a great example of "what's possible in a clean energy economy." and given a $240 million in Obama stimulus money said Tuesday that a default on its debt is likely and it may be heading for bankruptcy protection.

    Since the 2009 taxpayer money GRANT, the company has lost a reported $857 million, laid off workers and recalled its products. A123's stock price has plunged from $4.44 about a year ago to 13 cents this week.

    October 16, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Juan

    @Borderless, what are you talking about? Biden schooled Paul Ryan and made him look like a child. He called out lie after lie from Ryan as Ryan was speaking. To say Biden didn't deliver is insane. He won that debate handily. Hell, Obama won the first debate as well. Just because Romney looked better than expected doesn't mean he won, it just means everyone set such a low bar for him that he was bound to do better than what people expected.

    October 16, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Ganan

    You can "feel" anyway you want--but unfortunately, you won't perform well AGAIN. It's over Obama.....just move out already.

    October 16, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Ferret out the BS

    I think the majority of Republican supporters believe the debate should be WWF Smackdown instead of an intelligent discourse debating the issues.

    October 16, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Mr. President should feel "fabulous", he doesn't have the Koch Bros sending letters to their company employees telling them they will be fired if they vote Obama. Mr. President should feel "fabulous" that he can be honest with 100% of Americans about his tax plan before election while Romney's 1% are the only ones that know what his tax plan is before election. Mr. President should feel "fabulous" that his campaign funding is supported by small donors who are willing to trust him with $5 or more to work for them and not for billionaire donors who are buying the election.

    October 16, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. gt

    reminds me of the statement about 7 up and the uncola..

    October 16, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Ready

    Yeah he does, he just got Hillary to fall on the sword for him one day before the debate. Great day Obama! One problem, it's still your administration and you still took part in the cover up and your campaign probably invented it. Who came up with the video story, who started the cover up?

    October 16, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. lcleejr

    what intelligent voter would vote for a candidate who lies or spins issues. romney/ryan are worse then mccain/palin.

    October 16, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. dnokc

    Good...I'm happy he feel's fabulous. I'm tired of his seeking excuses and reassigning blame. If he does poorly again tonight, there's no one to blame but himself, and it all began just fabulous!

    October 16, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. elch.otto

    Mr.President: "is Hillary responsible for Bengazzi?"
    crickets crickets crickets

    shades of Truman's the buck stops here
    what an empty suit!

    October 16, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. MrBeenThere

    So the Mormon faith believes and teaches that it's OK the LIE...................... I can see why Mitt has made it so far with all the BS that has come out of his mouth. But what I don't get is American's are said to be smart, so why is it taking so long to see through all the crap he's spewed.................. WAKE UP AMERICA this is the worst republican in history to run for the Presidential office in 40 years.........

    OBAMA 2012

    October 16, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. plain&simple

    Here's the perfect debate....both candidates directly answer the questions with as many specifics as possible. The moderator holds their feet to the fire if statements are made in direct contradiction to previously stated views. Then we all win....I've seen to many paid info commercial to take anymore.

    October 16, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Edward

    Hillary can counter republican criticism easily. They blame her, she reminds repyblicand that they voted to cut embassy security spending last year by 300 million. The request was made for funding, they knew about the security issues and they voted in the house to cut 300 million. The issue has been completely nuetralized.

    October 16, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. TY

    Obama we love you, please put your debate hat on and don't let Unfit Mit get away.....................

    October 16, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Malory Archer


    You can "feel" anyway you want–but unfortunately, you won't perform well AGAIN. It's over Obama.....just move out already.


    Regardless of the outcome on November 6, President Obama is still President until January 20, 2013. Deal with it.

    October 16, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. California Gary

    Hypocrisy abounds! Those of you jumping on Clinton taking responsibility for embassy security issues, claiming it all falls on Obama, are the very same folks who believed a lowly Lt. Col. was running the entire Iran/Contra operation without the knowledge of Reagan or Bush. Either Obama and Reagan are both to blame, or neither is to blame......you can't have it both ways. Which is it?

    October 16, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Tiz

    Obama is an inept president..... that is why he will lose this election...

    October 16, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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