Body Language of Heavyweight Debate Battle Proves Telling
Debate? It seemed more like a prize fight as President Obama and Mitt Romney went toe-to-toe. And this time, it was personal.
At one point, President Obama reacted to Mitt Romney, saying, "Not true Governor Romney. Not true."
Romney responded, "You'll get your chance in a moment. I'm still speaking!"
Later, Romney asked Obama, "Have you looked at your pension lately?"
"I don't look at my pension. It's not as big as yours," replied Obama.
Body language expert Tonya Reiman told INSIDE EDITION's Paul Boyd that this was an epic battle of two alpha males, both determined to come out the winner.
Boyd said, "There was plenty of finger pointing going on through this whole exchange."
Reiman said, "Yes, because that's the, 'Hey, I'm aggressive, you're aggressive. Who's going to win this battle?' "
INSIDE EDITION's Paul Boyd was on the debate floor.
Boyd reports, "You couldn't really appreciate on TV just how intimate the venue was. Governor Romney and President Obama sparred face-to-face within feet of each other while the audience was sitting close by."
At times, moderator Candy Crowley of CNN seemed more like a referee than a moderator, even telling Romney at one point, "Sit down Governor Romney, thank you."
Especially when Romney claimed it took the president two weeks to call the attack in Libya that killed the American ambassador and three others an act of terrorism.
Crowley said, "He [Obama] did call it terror."
President Obama said, "Can you say that a little louder Candy?"
Now, Crowley is taking heat.
Boyd spoke to her right after the debate.
"People are going to criticize whatever you say, and that's fine. But in the end I think, I did, in that moment, what needed to be done. And I think that Romney got that he was right in the main."
Our body language expert says the president was visibly angry went he glared at Romney over Libya.
The president said, "The suggestion that anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we have lost four of our own, governor, is offensive."
Reiman said of that moment, "Here you see actual eye contact. He's angry. There's almost a glare in his eyes. His eyebrows come down and you can see the anger and the tightness around his face."
Romney may regret his statement about equality in the workplace, and his record for hiring women when he said, "I went to a number of women's groups and said, 'Can you help us find folks?' and they brought us whole binders full of women."
That remark set off an avalanche of internet spoofs.
The candidates couldn't seem to agree on anything, but their wives did. Both Michelle Obama and Ann Romney wore bubblegum pink dresses.
"Awkward" reads thedailybeast.com headline about their matching fashion choices.
INSIDE EDITION asked lip reader Larry Wenig to tell us what the Romney's said to each other right after the debate.
Paul Boyd asked, "Right after the debate, Mitt Romney kisses his wife and you say he says, 'That was a good debate,' and she says?"
" 'Yes,' " replied Wenig.
But her face tells a different story, according to Tonya Reiman author of The Yes Factor.
"You can see her expression isn't really that big of a smile. She wasn't exactly thrilled," said Reiman.
And what about the first lady's face?
Reiman said, "She looks like a genuine smile, like she's proud of her husband."
INSIDE EDITION got an exclusive look at the rooms where both candidates prepared for the big debate. President Obama waited in a space in part of the athletic facility where drapes, leather furniture and a big TV were brought in. Some of the final preparations were done in a room with a big mirror and lighting so the president could see how everything looked before he went on in front of millions of people.
The space where Mitt Romney prepared backstage before the great debate had lots of food on the table. INSIDE EDITION had heard that he liked to play Jenga before the first debate. Sure enough, there was a Jenga game in the room where Romney prepared.
When the 90-minute debate at New York's Hofstra University was over, everyone knew they'd witnessed something extraordinary.