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THE OBAMA-ROMNEY TV DEBATE – ROUND TWO

“Fantastic theater but not decisive politics” (LaTimes)

Shaking hands at the start of round two...

After the opening round on 3rd Oct., in which the ring side referees and the audience gave Romney the lead on points, Obama needed to come out fighting for last night’s round two.

His ring side seconds had obviously done a good job, patching up the cuts and bruises he’d suffered in the first round. A stern ‘pep’ talk from his trainer put the fire back into Obamas belly, and he came out punching in round two.

“…..the newly energized and forceful president…”

Not surprisingly the newspapers in the USA this morning are full of analogies with the boxing ring  “Instead, the debate at Hofstra University in New York played more like a brutal exchange of punches between heavyweights, ending with both men battered but standing.” says the Los Angeles Times

A “Rumble in New York”  says ABCNews “Like a champion boxer knocked to the canvas in the first encounter, president Barack Obama came charging out of his corner in the second debate with Republican Mitt Romney at Hofstra University in New York today.” And in another ABC article “Circling each other like boxers at times and looking one another in the eye, President Obama and Mitt Romney came out swinging as soon as tonight’s debate began, sparring over Libya, energy production, and an assault weapons ban.”

“…President Obama bounced off the ropes…”

Obama and Romney...pointing and wagging fingers...

AFP reported in a similar vein “A combative Barack Obama landed telling blows on challenger Mitt Romney on Tuesday as naked dislike boiled over between the White House foes in a tense debate three weeks from election day. President Obama bounced off the ropes after a dismal showing in their first encounter two weeks ago, knowing his tumbling poll numbers could doom him to the historical ignominy of a single term without a sharp intervention.Early signs were that Obama’s passion-fueled performance will revive optimism and enthusiasm among Democrats in his bid for a second term, though Romney, touting entrepreneurship, scored blows of his own on the economy.In one spellbinding exchange, Obama stared directly at Romney and rebuked him over his criticism of his White House for its handling of an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi on September 11, which killed four Americans.”The suggestion that anybody on my team, whether it’s a secretary of state, our UN ambassador, anybody on my team, would play politics or mislead when we’ve lost four of our own, Governor, is offensive,” Obama said wagging his finger at Romney across the stage of their town-hall debate.”That’s not what we do. That’s not what I do as president, not what I do as commander-in-chief,” Obama said, in a fiery moment in one of the most ill-tempered and contentious White House debates ever.”

“Winning the battle on TV however does not necessarily translate to votes.”

With the presidential Elections coming up on 6th November and only one more round to go the contest is tight. Most reports put last nights bout as even or with Obama an edge in front on aggression and style. So with one round each it will all hang on the third — and last — round (sorry) …debate, to find a winner. Winning the battle on TV however does not necessarily translate to votes.

The final debate will be held Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

A full transcript of the debate can be downloaded here. (file>save page)

Obama-Romney boxing?

The late Christabel talks about Dr Ouko’s return from Washington.

Sam Okello talking about Mrs Ouko

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