Not Exactly the Fight of the Century

Burt hopes you’ll enjoy his take on the first Presidential Debate, and he hopes you’ll also enjoy Hollywood & Politics.

As you all know, I hate pointing out that I was right. I’m sure the cynics among you are saying to yourself, “I bet it pains him about as much as winning the state lottery.” But what else can I say when I kept telling people to wait for the debate, and the smarty pants crowd, folks like Bill Kristol, Peggy Noonan and Charles Krauthammer, spent weeks harping on Romney to do this, that and the other thing. Through it all, I pointed out that if Romney shot his wad prior to October 3rd, he would, one, help Team Obama know how to prep their guy and, two, give the goons in the media a chance to spin everything he said and accuse him of making endless gaffes.

I was convinced that most viewers would have to acknowledge that one of the two debaters would be seen as a man born to be the president and the other guy would be seen for what he is, a pretender who was born to be the smarmy mouthpiece for a public sector union such as the SEIU, which is what Obama was referring to when he identified himself with the nebulous title of “ex-community organizer.” The question nobody bothered asking in 2008 was which community was he referring to and what sort of mischief was he organizing them to do.

It’s not that I’m so much smarter than the national pundits. Okay, it’s not just that I’m so much smarter than the national pundits. I just knew that Romney’s uncommon decency, good nature and command of the facts, would shine through once he didn’t have to rely on the MSM to filter the message and the man. Think Ronald Reagan in 1980, I suggested.

The other main thing I knew was that Obama does not possess a superior intellect and that he is not a brilliant speaker. It isn’t simply that he depends on his Teleprompters, either. Barely a day has gone by over the past five years when we have not seen and heard him on TV. By this time even if you were one of the left-wing bozos who agreed with his policies, you would have to admit, if you were the least bit honest, that you have gotten tired of his smug little smirks, the arrogant way he tilts his jaw — as if channeling his inner Mussolini – and the very annoying way he has of breaking up every sentence into two or three separate parts.

I said that once people saw the two candidates sharing the same stage, the undecided few would instinctively recognize which one was the more capable and presidential. They would finally see what a con job the Democrats have carried off in attempting to portray a decent, patriotic American as a loathsome creature whose favorite pastimes are giving pink slips to hard-working members of the middle class, playing footsies with the idle rich and, of course, killing off innocent cancer victims.

One of the sweetest things about the debate was knowing that in 90 minutes, Romney had undone all the damage that the DNC had inflicted, wasting hundreds of millions of dollars in TV ads attempting to depict him as an ogre.

One of the most telling moments took place a day or so before the debate, when Obama showed up at a public event, telling his groupies that essentially he was playing hooky because his handlers were “trying to make me do my homework.” That was the quintessential Obama, the laziest kid in the 11th grade, whining that grown-ups were demanding he do boring stuff like hitting the books and studying when all he really wanted to do was play video games.

From Day One, when he had Pelosi and Reid draw up the details of his trillion dollar stimulus bill and assigned the federal bureaucrats to churn out the 2,700-page tome we now know as ObamaCare, he has shown that the only things he really likes about being president is that it allows him to play a lot of golf and to address fawning crowds of union members, college students, welfare recipients and multi-million dollar donors.

Although I was not surprised that Romney won so decisively that if it had been a prize fight instead of a presidential debate, the referee would have stopped it after half an hour, awarding it to Romney on a TKO, while a bloody Obama hung on the ropes, hoping that at least one witness to the accident had managed to jot down the license number of the truck that hit him.

But as is often the case, you can’t really put the entire blame on Obama. All of his enablers played their role in the debacle. Consider how the two men prepared for Denver. On the one hand, Romney’s steel had been tempered through endless debates with people such as Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. His skin had been thickened by the endless lies attacking him, his business background, his wife and even her horse.

On the other hand, Obama, who has been treated like the Dalai Lama for most of his life, has spent the past five or six years being coddled by the nannies in the media. He has become so accustomed to being treated like a living saint by the likes of Jay Leno, Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman and the kiss-ups on “The View,” that even when Univision’s Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas asked him a couple of reasonable questions regarding immigration reform and Operation Fast and Furious, all he could do was look shocked at their unmitigated gall and fall back, as usual, on David Axelrod’s insipid talking points.

If I were Obama, I would be very worried. After all, the first debate was devoted to domestic issues, which Obama assumed would be more or less in his wheelhouse. He had, after all, managed to bribe millions of Americans with food stamps and free cell phones. What’s he going to do when he has to explain how his foreign policies, which he had assured us time and again were working like clockwork in the Middle East, with the killing of Bin Laden and the decimation of al-Qaeda, suddenly blew up in his face with the assassination of Ambassador Stevens and the burning of our flag throughout most of the Arab and Muslim world.

What do you think he will say about all those al-Qaeda flags flying over our various embassies? How will he explain the cover-up that his administration tried to pull off, pretending that these were all spontaneous demonstrations because of some dopey-sounding video nobody has ever seen? How will he defend sending out UN Ambassador Susan Rice as a sacrificial lamb on Sunday news shows to lie on his behalf, thus destroying her credibility in a single day as surely as Obama has destroyed Jay Carney’s over the course of these past two years?

I know that prior to the debate, a lot of Washington pundits claimed that presidential debates rarely have a major impact. But when even left-wing loons like Chris Matthews, Bill Maher and Rachel Maddow, all agree that Romney won, I say there hasn’t been a whopping of such magnitude since a smiling, confident Jack Kennedy trounced a sweaty, five o’clock shadowed Richard Nixon, who showed up looking like a fugitive from Devil’s Island.

If Obama had been smart, he would have stayed home celebrating his wedding anniversary with Michelle and the kids, and sent Clint Eastwood’s empty chair in his place.

Unlike that lazy 11th grader I alluded to earlier, Obama can’t even whine that the family dog ate his homework.

It was in fact Mitt Romney who ate his lunch.
©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write BurtPrelutsky@aol.com.

Burt hopes you’ve enjoyed his take on the first Presidential Debate, and he hopes you’ll also enjoy Hollywood & Politics.

Author Bio:

Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
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  • Wheels55

    I too had thought, and hoped, that Romney was saving up for the first debate. I just hope that while he was waiting for that debate, not too many voters made up thier minds due to Obama’s negative lies.
    It does seem like a good strategy. If Ryan makes a good showing (I don’t see a lot of upside in that debate), Romney will be in a good position.
    However, it does seem that Obama is banking on a good turnout from the celebrity star gazing & reality TV show loving crowd. But really people, if electing a celebrity is what it is all about, wouldn’t we elect someone like Sela Ward (see is hot, I don’t care who you are).

    • BurtPrelutsky

       Wheels: Inasmuch as Obama is going to get fewer votes in all quarters, including blacks and Jews, than he did in 2008, I don’t see any way for him to win.  I agree about Sela Ward.

      Burt

  • MarioP

    Burt, although your blog is again an act of comedy, with outlandish opinions, I can’t deny the obvious. Obama did get roughed up. 

  • bonaparte3

    Well, fortunately for Romney, some of the 47% are actually conservative; I am a disabled Vietnam veteran so my income is from the government. However, that does not mean that I can only see as far as my own special interest. I consider myself a patriot and that means I am concerned more with the welfare of America than I am with my own. 

    • BurtPrelutsky

       Bonaparte:  Romney has admitted his 47% remark was wrong.  But if he said “37%” he would have been right.  And inasmuch as Obama went on Letterman recently and admitted he had no idea what the national debt was when he took office, that’s a lot worse.

      Burt

  • Will Swoboda

    Hey Bert, In Nixon’s defense, I think he was sick with some kind of flu but showed up anyway.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       Will: Nixon never looked too great.  Actually, he looked a lot like Herblock’s political cartoons made him look.

      Burt

  • Sue Nolan

    You did it again, Burt.  I look forward to reading your comments every Sunday.  I do think this election is absolutely critical to our nation’s future.  Something simply has to be done about the national debt–and the debt an open ended national health care law will do to the already faltering economy in the future.  Pres. Obama admitted to David Letterman on his show that he did NOT KNOW what the national debt even is.  (That was the week when Amb. Stevens was assasinated in Libya and Amb. Rice was saying it was due to some unknown video trailer while the President went on several talk shows and was campaigning in Las Vegas.)   Transparency and truth along with sound fiscal policies and across the aisle governing have to come back to Washington if there is any hope at all to change things.  Can you imagine living in a country where the norm would be free rent, free food, free education, free health care, and now free birth control pills, (free abortion if you forget to take them), and free cell phones, at taxpayer’s expense, to talk about how great life is!  The only thing missing from the list is “freedom” itself.  I just hope the 53% make it to the polls this November, before the 47% who don’t pay taxes outnumber them.    

    • BurtPrelutsky

       Sue: Amen.

      Burt

  • Brhurdle

    I couldn’t agree more with the analysis.  The only thing I could add is that the evaluation criteria of the MSM of the two candidates is/was entirely different. President Obama would be judged as either amazingly brilliant or having an off night. Governor Romney would be judged as either typically unqualified for high office or having a lucky night.  

  • Lt Live

    I’m beginning to understand that political liberalism being almost completely void of humility, decency, honor and morality readily produces dishonest, arrogant windbags like Obama, Biden, Axelrod, Pelosi, Reid, Clinton and on and on. Whenever these windbags have to face real situations one on one with conservative politicians they reveal the absolute emptiness, dishonesty and fiscal insanity of liberal socialism. 

    • Deny916

      So true Lt Live.  You did forget one vapid windbag though…Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.  Do they come any dumber than that?????

      • BurtPrelutsky

         Deny: Well, you shouldn’t give short shrift to Nancy Pelosi, Sheila Jackson Lee, Patty Murray and Barbara Boxer.  Not an entire brain between them.

        Burt

        • Deny916

          How could I have been so forgetful?   :)

      • Wheels55

        DWS is truly like listening to nails on a chalk board.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       LtLive: You are right.

      Burt

  • Bruce A.

    Another fine one Burt.  It should be noted that before the govt. decided to give out free cell phones all the public assistance(welfare cases) I know had one. 

    • BurtPrelutsky

       Bruce:  So now they have two.  I’m more concerned with how many votes each of those deadbeats will have on Election Day.

      Burt

  • cmacrider

    Burt:  I was looking forward to your Presidential debate post mortum and must admit this article exceeded my expectations.

    One small point:  I thought Jim Lehrer (and the format) allowed the candidates to express their point of view in a substantive manner   …. which, of course, didn’t favour Obama who thrives on fluff and platitudes.

    My question for you is “don’t you think it was a little unfair to have Romney the professional pitted against Obama the amateur?”

    • GlenFS

      It was unfair… Obama should get his teleprompter and his bonus 4 minutes as his “fair share”.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       cma: Not in the least.  They have golf tournaments that pit professionals against amateurs.  If it’s good enough for golf, it’s good enough for politics.

      Burt

  • BurtPrelutsky

     NS: I’m sure Obama will do better next time, but it doesn’t matter.  What made a difference is that millions of people saw the first debate and they know that the clumsy attack ads put out by Team Obama were a lie, and were therefore a few hundred million dollars misspent.  But, then, that’s fairly typical for this administration.

    Burt

  • venter

    This was agreat article and it covered it all.  I always felt that Obama wasn’t as smart as the MSM wants us to  believe.  As you said he gave important jobs  to people very unqualified (Pelosi & Reid).
      A smart business man wants people smarter than himself to work for him in important jobs.That is good for any business and especially good for the country  We all saw the real Obama 10/2.  He was unprepared or was he aware for the first time he  had to man up with out “Mr. Teleprompter”?    He had to talk to the  man he called a liar.murderer, tax cheat face to face.  Over the last 4 years I have become cynical.  Did he not study  for the debate  because he was aware of the  7.8% unemployment, and the calculation change ?  He may have felt he’d get a bump on 10/5.   I hope it is a thump because  the debate has opened the eyes of many people! 
    Mitt did a wonderful job debating..  People finally saw the real  Mitt, the one the MSM has been hiding from the American people. WE need to report to the MSM.   The election is about the consitution , which protects their job.  The one they no longer know how to do.  Mitt did it for them! 
    The next debate will be good if Mitt is himself  and comes with his knowledge and look straight at Obama.  EYE TO EYE  that is very hard for a liar to deal with!!!!!!  Burt it was another good read…. 
    I have to  leave this room I am in,  it is on the upper level of my house and I am beginning to feel faint.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       venter: I don’t think the 7.8% number is going to impress too many people.  For one thing, those who are actually paying attention know that the number of people who have quit looking for jobs and those who have temp jobs would raise the number several percentage points.  Besides, even getting the phony number down to 7.8% is nothing to brag about after four years and five trillion dollars.

      Burt

  • Concernedmimi

    You have such a gift of summing up the facts and presenting them with such wonderful humor, Burt.  Thank you for a good read, as usual. I totally agree!!!

    • BurtPrelutsky

       Thank you, Mimi.  I like agreeable people.

      Burt

  • NS Sherlock

    The thing that truly amazes me (and probably shouldn’t) is even
    though millions of viewers watched the debates, the liberal media
    proceeded to purposely shred and twist what Romney said, and then tried to feed those lies to the American people. (Don’t you love it when they get caught up in their lies though?) I’d give up and walk away if the ONLY way I could make my candidate appear intelligent was to stoop so low as to insult the intelligence of the voting public. Obama sucked at the debate – plain and simple – and I believe we’ll see identical results two more times.

  • GlenFS

    Excellent, Burt!  You did call it right all along.  Now if you can figure out how the unemployment rate keeps dropping at the same time we’re creating just enough jobs to tread water.  If you don’t believe in a devil, you would at least need to consider it given the timing of Obama’s good fortune.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       Glen: The number never did make any sense.  When millions of people are holding down part-time jobs and millions of others have given up looking for jobs, 8.2% doesn’t make any more sense than 7.8%.  The numbers that should always have been employed would have had the actual problem defined by numbers above 13%.
      In any case, I’m sure Team Obama will try to convince people that our economy is rebounding, but I find it unlikely that it will convince anyone who saw the debate.

      Burt

  • Deny916

    “… you would have to admit, if you were the least bit honest, that you have gotten tired of his smug little smirks, the arrogant way he tilts his jaw — as if channeling his inner Mussolini – and the very annoying way he has of breaking up every sentence into two or three separate parts.”

    Truer words were never spoken Burt!  This guy has the most annoying voice and personality EVER!  I also hate that big fake smile he puts on too.  I so can’t wait until I don’t have to hear his voice and see him speaking on TV every five minutes!  Hopefully soon he will become a thing of the past.

    Romney did so well in that debate that there is no way any one could think he lost it (except certain dumbocraps who have no brains to begin with).  Only 31 days to go.

    Awesome article once again too–you out do yourself every time!  Thanks!

    • BurtPrelutsky

       Thank you, Deny.  I guess I still have too much faith in America to believe we will re-elect Obama.  If it happens, all is lost…not because we’ll be stuck with him for another four years, but because we’ll be stuck with a brain-dead electorate forever.

      Burt