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. XXX

    I have watched debates tapes of Mitt Romney from Mass. and during GOP primaries this year. In the last debate with Pres. Obama, Romney benefited from not being pressed by neither Pres. Obama nor the Obama. In these tapes, gosh, the man almost got heart attack when he was pressurised. From calling Anderson, Anderson, to I bet 10,000 dollars, to I like you Jim and the Big Bird. All that was to try to camouflage the pressure down. The remaining 2 debates, people can witnessed a huge difference if the moderator/Pres. Obama would demand clarification from him in a forceful way.

    October 16, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Sally-Baltimore

    Romney's elimination of tax deductions concern me. I am an educator whose salary places me in the middle class. Over time, every piece of furniture , every college tuition payment for my daughters, every major home repair has been the result of a tax return. The deductions that made this possible were the interest on my mortgage, day care expenses, and donations. If the first two are eliminated, I will have had to borrow to pay my taxes. I hope the President can make clear very specifically how the middle class will be impacted by the loss of tax deductions. In my case, the difference is between receiving $7-9000 back or having to borrow from savings (or take out a loan) to pay a similar amount. If people understood how that would effect them personally, and if Romney tells the truth about his plan for deductions (admittedly a big IF) very few middle class voters would vote for him. Discussions thus far in the debates have been too general to make this clear. A case study of a real life person with two kids who pays taxes would help. Again, he's a moving target, so who knows what his economic plan will be tonight.

    October 16, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Dean

    In the first debate, we saw the incompetent Obama. I think tonight we'll see the arrogant Obama.

    October 16, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. jw

    Mr. President there's no need to rope the Dope anymore. We know what Mr. Romey is about self serving, outsourceing.and more Corp. entitlments for him and his friends.The want to go back to what cause the whole mess.

    October 16, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Don

    Somebody needs to pull the mask off of Romney. Please Mtr President we are behind you. .

    October 16, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. CBR

    We have heard from Mr. Obama. We have not heard from Mr. Romney. He may be deciding which MItt Romney will debate tonight. Hopefully someone will bring up his record in Massachusetts. His four years were interrupted by his run for the presidency. He left his Lt. Gov. in charge. He should not be taking credit for the MA schools because they were in pretty good shape before he arrived. Unfortunately, some started to slide backwards because the state cut aid. Watched our school system suffer under Mr. Romney. The western end of MA was in a recession during Mr. Romney's tenure. Nobody seems to want to ask him about that.

    In fact, the schools were so good that he sent his sons to private school. Belmont MA had and has a very good school system. One would think he would send his boys to public school.

    The health plan cost more than the budgeted amount. It was left for the net governor to sort out. So please do not take what Mr. Romney says as the truth. Ask some questions and hope for some truthful answers.

    October 16, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. matt

    notice how you NEVER EVER see any articles that IN ANY WAY support conservatives....patently BIAS.

    October 16, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Middle Class Independent Swing State Voter

    I just cast my early vote for our President Barack Obama and it felt great!

    FOWARD! FOUR MORE YEARS!!

    October 16, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. spike147

    The problem with Obama is that he is too nice. He needs to show some spine. The Repubs are out for blood and debating is a full contact sport. If your nice you will lose. He needs to be on constant offense. If he comes at you with a knife you pull out a gun. If Romneys down and on the ropes you hit him harder. You cannot have mercy because the repubs dont. That being said the problem with this formula is that we dont know if Obama has it in him. If he does not use this technique he will lose. People want a spine in their leader.

    October 16, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. max

    It is very clear Ramney is lying,We can't trust him. vote for Obama to make America safe.

    October 16, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Me

    It is very funny to read all the excuses (just as Obama does) for why Obama did horrible last debate. Why is it the default when you liberals loose and loose BIG, all you have is that they are lying??? Show some proof Romney is lying!!! There is plenty of proof that Obama lies all the time!!! Look at the data, look at his promises that he failed to achieve!!!! Grow a brain and stop acting like my 2 year old!!!! Liar Liar blah blah blah....makes you sound like a child!!!! LOL

    October 16, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. plain&simple

    In the first debate Romney was sweating so much he had to wipe his upper lip. Do you think that had anything to do with telling or better not telling the truth???

    October 16, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. fernace

    Barack Hussein Obama is a man of the people, for the people! No matter how many obstructions, filibusters & stalemates the new extremist GOTP throws his way, trying to hold him soley to blame for slow recovery, he never falters in his belief & trust in the American people! He knows we are what makes this nation great, unique & unlike any other on the planet! His family are the epitome of the"family values" so often touted by the other party! We have a President who is working his butt off to make things better for us all, just like we are, even in the face of Norquists taxpledge & the GOTP "promise" to make him "1 & done" & I'd say that's all they've been working on these past 4 years! I know he'll bring it tonight because he knows we, the people, need him! "Break A Leg" Mr. President, speak for us!! Forward-Nov6!!

    October 16, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    Critical Thinking wrote:

    Gallup/USAToday Poll: Women voters flocking to Mitt Romney

    Its Time : BO MUST GO !

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    That might beslightly true, because Willard has Ann appearing in lavish clothing and sporting expensive pearls so women "think", if they vote for her husband, they will suddenly become wealthy and be able to do the same. Sadly, they will find out just like people found out in CA the Romney's are only ACTING and have no serious desire to move this country forward. They're also going to find out the Romney's won't make their bank accounts not one penny richer and then, they will scream for a democratic president.

    October 16, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. 'I take full Responsibility'

    Hillary Clinton announced "I take full responibility on the Libyan-affair"

    The hunt for Bin Laden was ongoing since 9/11...but when Pres Obama announced "Bin Laden is dead" the Obama White House was quick to take credit for the actions of Others....but put the Blame on the State Department for the Libyan-affair......On Nov 6/2012 hopefully the American People will tell Obama's White House "The Buck stops here no more 4-years..............................................................!

    October 16, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    to bad the rest of America feels like you have put us through crap, it will soon end and America can grow again and you will be Gone!

    October 16, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Kali

    You'll still be schooled by Romney! You cannot think on your feet! Can't wait to here all your....10,000- "uhhhhh" "uhhhhh" uhhhhh" , the dodging, and boring stories. You're not fabulous; you're lame. All these ppl out if work and on food stamps...how do you smile or sleep?

    October 16, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. max

    Ramney's policy's statements are not stable yet. I wounder abortion issues will also change today. Just because He spoke loud in the last debate he won.We did not hear how differently he would have done if he was president.

    October 16, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. California Gary

    @me
    You don't have to look hard to find evidence of Romney's lies. How about the 47% tape......was he lying then or is he lying now? He said he was a severly conservative governor in a primary debate, but came out as a moderate in the presidential debate......was he lying then, or is he lying now? He was pro choice when he ran for senator, then he was pro life in the primaries, and now tells one crowd he is against all abortion, then tells another he would allow exceptions. Which time was he lying? I could go on and on........but I think the point has been made.

    October 16, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. JD

    Class warfare is all we'll see from the president.

    October 16, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Jim

    If I were Obama, if he isn't nervous, he should be. Anticipate Romney to take him to task. FAILURE. UNDER-ACHIEVER. Perhaps if the town hall should be better hosted by The View or Soledad O'Brien.

    October 16, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Jim

    Then there is Biden. Laughing, rolling eyes. Even when discussing the death of four American's on his and Obama's watch. I don't see the benefit of Biden's outburst other than to favor the GOP. Move America forward by moving Obama/Biden out.

    October 16, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. max

    I hope some one will put question for Ramney about his flip flopping statements and corner him tonight to come clean.

    October 16, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Hannah

    Good Luck Mr. President. I am from South Carolina. Praying much for you and your family. You can count on my vote even if you don't show up tonight for the debate. You're proven over the last four years that you can run this country. Looking forward to the next four years. Put God first in your life and ask Him for strength and guidance. He will never leave or forsake you. God Bless.

    October 16, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Ann

    Only people with no principles and values would vote for some guy who takes credit for killing Bin Landen who was hunted by Bush since 2001, but cannot take credit for the killing of his ambassador in Benghazi whose security was entirely under his watch. Throwing Hillary under the bus is so coward. Unbelievable and shameful. And he feels 'fabulous'.

    October 16, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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