Debate Analysis: Barack Obama is Unprepared in Every Way

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Many thoughts crossed my mind as I watched the first presidential debate last night. For me, the most important, even critical aspect of both performances came down to one glaring fact: Preparation.

Barack Obama was wholly unprepared and Mitt Romney was completely prepared in every way. All “the experts” are trying to spin it in the mainstream media to say that Governor Romney won the debate on style. That is utter nonsense! Mitt Romney has been prepared his entire life as a leader.

Barack Obama is unprepared to lead our nation in these ways:

• As commander in chief
• He is unprepared to lead America’s economy
• Obama is unprepared to create jobs for Americans
• He is unprepared to take our nation in the right direction with energy
• Obama is unprepared to lead out in foreign affairs with American flags burning in our embassies

I could list many other areas in which Barack Obama is simply not prepared. Check David Parker’s post here to see how Mr. Obama is simply not up to the job. Do we have to see another four years of this man’s smile to determine what we already know today?

Mr. Obama was weak and very uncomfortable last night. Is this why he did not want to meet with Israel’s Netanyahu? He did not want to be there. In the last six months, pundits, politicos, and reporters have been saying Mr. Obama does not like being President of the United States of America. I believe they are correct.

Reaction to Romney at the Debate

NBC’s Chuck Todd: “Mitt Romney’s last answer about what he’s been hearing on the campaign trail was one of his best messages I’ve heard yet.” – link

Townhall’s Mary Katharine Ham: “Mitt had a good line about Paul reading Ahmadinejad press releases.” – link

National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez: “Taking Washington apart. This is a strong outsider argument – that rings true. Romney would do it because he has.” – link

ABC’s Rick Klein: “Ahh, the R-word. ‘Could we be headed for a recession? Absolutely. Do we have to be headed for a recession? Absolutely not.’ Good answer by Mitt Romney.” – link

National Review’s Rich Lowry: “Mitt’s change answer. Good. The best part of his stump speech.” – link

Townhall’s Hugh Hewitt: “Romney had less screen time tonight, but each time he answered he was poised and eloquent.” – link

O’Beirne: “Mitt Romney’s optimism recalls Reagan.”

The American Spectator’s Quin Hillyer: “Now Romney gets a tough question on abortion. He starts out with a really really strong answer. Now he segues back to Reagan. He ably defends ‘the principles that Ronald Reagan espoused.’ Good answer.”

AFF Debate the Candidates Forum

Last night I participated in a forum sponsored by America’s Future Foundation, representing Governor Romney in a “debate the candidates” style match-up.

The setting was an old (and I mean old) townhouse near Dupont Circle that used to be the residence of the German ambassador decades previous. The debaters, representing their respective candidates, were well prepared and the audience was engaged and respectful (for the most part).

I should note this was mostly a younger crowd of conservatives and libertarians and there were a good number of, you guessed it, Ron Paul supporters. Like many of the actual candidate debates, a good portion of the program was spent rallying for and against Paul.

I will be uploading videos as I can throughout the day. Here are my introductory remarks.

The bios of the participants are below:

For Mitt Romney: Justin Hart is the Vice President of Communications for the Lighted Candle Society. With over a decade of experience in the corporate world helping Fortune 500 companies utilize emerging technologies, Mr. Hart is now taking on the non-profit industry. He is the co-founder of MyManMitt.com, the top-trafficked blog supporting Mitt Romney for President. Mr. Hart has published numerous articles about technology and his favorite candidate on several websites, including the American Thinker. He is also the founder of the support group, Help Soar In.

For Fred Thompson: Jon Henke is an Online Brand Manager for New Media Strategies in Arlington and a consultant to the Fred Thompson presidential campaign. Previously, he has worked as the New Media Advisor to the Senate Republicans and as the New Media Coordinator for the last few months of the George Allen Senate campaign. He blogs at QandO.net.

For Mike Huckabee: Michael Mayernick is a freelance internet marketing and development consultant and serves on the board of trustees to the American Parliamentary Debate Association. While studying economics and political science, Mr. Mayernick represented Johns Hopkins University as part of the nation’s top-ranked team in national and international debate competitions. He is currently a management consultant at Bearingpoint.

For Ron Paul: Jonathan Bydlak, Fundraising Director for Ron Paul. (I don’t have a full bio for Jonathan since he ws a last minute substitute.)

For Rudy Giuliani: Michael J. Zarrelli is currently the Corporate Counsel / Federal Affairs Manager for a privately held $6.4 billion multi-national company that competes in the global marketplace and sells products in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide. He is also a Washington, DC advisor to the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee. From 1997 thru 2001, he served as a Legislative Representative for New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in his Washington Bureau. Mr. Zarrelli received a B.A. in Political Science from Hartwick College and a J.D. from The Catholic University of America – Columbus School of Law. He is a member of the Maryland Bar.

Moderating: Christopher Beam is a political reporter for Slate Magazine and writes its campaign blog, Trailhead.