Oct 05, 2012
By Rob Abruzzese
President Barack Obama has been leading GOP contender Mitt Romney in most of the recent polls, but based on how Five Towners felt about the first presidential debate that was held on Wednesday night he still has a lot of work to do.
This reporter scoured the area to get people’s reactions of the debate and had a hard time finding anybody who thought that Obama “won.” Even those that support the President had to tip their hats to Romney.
“Romney made it interesting,” said Ron Dalessandro of Cedarhurst. “He’s a liar, but that was a great presentation. Obama looked tired and everything he said sounded forced.”
“I think it was an even draw,” Norma Kohan of Atlantic Beach said. “Obama was laid back for a reason. He felt that his quiet way that he expresses his ideas worked. Much to my disappointment, Romney was good too though.”
Seemingly the President’s biggest problem was that of perception. Normally known as a good speaker, Obama just didn’t live up to people’s expectations.
“I was surprised by Obama because he had no confidence,” Lydia Kahan of Hewlett said. “It was like somebody pinned him to a wall. He just didn’t look prepared.”
One person seemed to think that Obama’s problem was that his mind was elsewhere.
“Michelle was pissed at him because it was their anniversary,” Leonore Weidenfel of Woodmere said. “That’s probably why he seemed so tired and disinterested like he didn’t want to be there.”
Meanwhile, some felt that Romney had the upper hand anyway since he’s more recently participated in the GOP debates.
“I felt that since he’s been in debates more recently that Romney was probably more prepared,” Seymour from Woodmere said. “Obama didn’t have time to prepare because he’s been busy running the country and taking care of business.”
Many simply felt that they didn’t care what the President did or said, Romney just stole the show.
“I don’t subscribe to Romney’s principles, but he looked presidential up there,” Stanley Chertok explained. “He was calm, contained, and not just rehearsed. It didn’t exactly change my attitude toward his policies, but he was presidential enough that I will give him a second look.”
Lauren Brasco of Woodmere was also very impressed by Romney’s performance saying, “I thought he was great. I was on the fence before and after the debate I think I’m going to vote for him. I just thought that he was on point and had a good message.”
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