Obama Does Damage Control After Debate

Obama Does Damage Control After Debate

The fall-out over the president's lackluster performance in the first presidential debate isn't letting up.

The late night comics joined in the chorus of criticism.

Jon Stewart joked, "There is no red America, there is no blue America, there is only the America that can't believe how bad this guy did in the debate!"

Jay Leno joked, “President Obama talked about last night, finding other sources of energy last night - energy? He couldn't muster enough energy for the 90 minute debate!”
The New York Times is reporting that the president knew he had had a bad night as soon as he came off the stage. There was drama behind the scenes as advisors worried he was "nervous and unprepared."

Mike Sacks of The Huffington Post told  INSIDE EDITION, "He might have also been distracted by the fact that he is the Commander-in-Chief. He has a country to run, and he didn't have a full week or two weeks to prepare for this debate."

A confident Mitt Romney was reportedly disappointed that the president did not bring up those controversial remarks Romney made at a fundraiser that 47% of American see themselves as victims.

Thursday night, Romney told Fox News' Sean Hannity the answer he had prepared if the question was raised.

Hannity asked, “What would you have said if he did bring it up?”

Romney said, “Now and then, you just say something that doesn't come out right. In this case I said something completely wrong. I absolutely believe that my life has shown I care about the 100%.”
There was a dose of good news for the president and for America on Friday as unemployment has dropped to 7.8%.

Obama said on the campaign trail, “This morning, we found out the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest rate since I took office.”

Romney said, “The reason it's coming down this year is primarily because more and more people have just stopped looking for work.”

Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch is claiming in a tweet: “Unbelievable jobs numbers...these Chicago guys will do anything...can't debate so change numbers.”

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis hit back and said, “I'm insulted when I hear that, because we have a very professional civil service.”
There was bad news too. Gas prices are soaring. In California, prices reached almost $6 dollars a gallon, the highest in history.

Fox News is reporting that new polls show that Romney is gaining in the key battleground states of Ohio, Florida and Virginia.

But the president can expect a pre-election boost from Hollywood.

Seal Team Six, a made for TV movie about the raid on Osama bin Laden, will premiere on the National Geographic Channel on November 4th, just two days before the election. It is produced by mogul Harvey Weinstein, an Obama contributor.  

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