Stewart: Er, the president isn’t looking quite as brilliant as he used to

posted at 3:21 pm on October 4, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Here are a couple more reactions to last night’s debate proceedings from the liberal crowd for you, just because it’s fun — first, comedian Jon Stewart on Good Morning America, acknowledging that the president had a “very difficult night.”

Listen, I’m sure President Obama now realizes, ‘Oh, pre-season’s over. I should probably familiarize myself with my presidents, and learn some of the various numbers and things that go along with…’ Yeah, I thought he had a very difficult night. I’m concerned that he may not reelect us. He may, he may walk away. … It wasn’t so much his body language, as the mouth-language that he was using, the pauses in-between. You know, I used to think the pauses, he was just trying to think of smaller words for the little brains to figure out what he was saying. This time, I really think the pauses were just, ‘I like food.’…’My children are nice.’ Just different, he just didn’t seem present in the same way.

Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (an Obama-surrogate who’s gone off the messaging-reservation before, heh) echoed Stewart’s sentiments on MSNBC, with more on President Obama’s general manner and body language.

You’ve gotta’ draw the line on perception and what people get viscerally out of a debate, and substance. And the first take is always what people get out of it. Governor Romney was engaged, he was energetic… he was in command of the facts, he was personable. He was all those things, and for some reason, the president was clearly off his game. He looked annoyed to be there, he kept looking down at his notes, he didn’t even look at the camera. He failed Debate 101, what we tell fledgling candidates — always look at the camera, particularly when you’re delivering your closing. He was delivering his closing to Jim Lehrer, not to the American people.

Anybody else seeing an emerging consensus here? President Obama doesn’t tend to do too well in non-teleprompted, high-pressure confrontational situations, the irony being that he’s been so softened by a media establishment that hasn’t dared to even think of questioning his supposedly formidable intellect for years. Oh, the nerve of Mitt Romney, having done so much darn practicing and preparation before last night’s debate — and it’s a damn good thing he did, too. As Tom Brokaw put it on MSNBC, if Romney had performed as badly as President Obama did last night, “it would have been over.”


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And Chris Rock? What a piece of crap he is. Have no respect for him at all anymore.

jazzmo on October 4, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I never had any respect for Chris Rock …. ever ….

conservative tarheel on October 4, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Calm down.

This puppy is far from over.

Mittens had a terrific night, good for him.

But the Chicago Machine is awake now, and they are bringing the MSM cavalry.

Get ready.

Bruno Strozek on October 4, 2012 at 3:58 PM

You’re right, but after last night’s blowout, I’m confident that Mitt can handle pretty much anything the 0bama machine throws at him.

UltimateBob on October 4, 2012 at 4:11 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog
The Teleprompter has no clothes.

Seven Percent Solution on October 4, 2012 at 4:12 PM

This say’s it all JON BOY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJnAp3YxCCw

faol on October 4, 2012 at 4:13 PM

From here on out, the collaborator media moderators will double their efforts to keep Mitt on the defensive and tangled up in their traps. He and Ryan will need to go full-on Newt to get a word in edgewise.

squint on October 4, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Best part is, that now everyone has seen the man in full without a prompter, everytime he uses one, and this will be often, they will have a flashback to last night and wonder if he really knows what the hell he is talking about. Or trust what he is saying.
There is a very clear difference. Not flattering for the Pres.

Jabberwock on October 4, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Obama has always been this bad, Jon.
.
Two things changed from four years ago:

Number 2 - Barack Obama was debating Mitt Romney instead of John McCain.

Number 1 - Barack Obama has a record, that most of the American population has witnessed in “real-time”, over the course of the last 44 months. His prior record as a Senator, and “citizen” was able to be buried by the dominant culture of Professional Journalism.

listens2glenn on October 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

We’ve earned a victory lap and a little general celebration. Its been a long time coming.

I’m a little weary of the hand wringing and nay saying I’ve encountered on these threads over the last few weeks, and particularly, over the last few days.

We’re all adults and we are keenly aware that this is not over until the winner is declared post election.

Meanwhile, yes, its wonderful to see the Unicorn Prince cut down to size and his supporters bewildered and dispirited.

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I just don’t understand it. Because the first lady had the highest grade speech EVAH! They’re supposed to be so smart!!1!11!!!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/05/1128117/-Michelle-s-Speach-Highest-Grade-Level-Ever-Ann-Romney-the-Lowest

hoosiermama on October 4, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Miller said it best.

Obama is checking Obamacare to see if a**kicking is covered.

faol on October 4, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Bruno Strozek on October 4, 2012 at 3:58 PM

agreed. also be on the lookout for a reversed narrative. they play the ‘failure’ hard only to then try to convince us that there’s a comeback later down the road.

it has only just begun.

Steven McGregor on October 4, 2012 at 4:19 PM

And folks — it is far from over. The long knives will be out now like never before.

natasha333 on October 4, 2012 at 4:29 PM

He is that brainwashed that he used to think the stammering and the stuttering and the uhs and ya-knows were to give him time to come up with simpler words? How do you respond to that?

Strike Twice on October 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Er, the president isn’t looking quite as brilliant as he used to

“Got news for you. For anybody paying attention for the last 4 years, that WAS Obama’s ‘A game.’ “

dont taze me bro on October 4, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Here’s a thought for those dumb asses Stewart and Rendell – Maybe your Obamassiah isn’t as brilliant as you’d like to think. Or, maybe, is it that both of you are that stupid?

GarandFan on October 4, 2012 at 4:48 PM

But the Chicago Machine is awake now, and they are bringing the MSM cavalry.

Get ready.

Bruno Strozek on October 4, 2012 at 3:58 PM

In other words, Oblameo’s “ammunition” will be to apologize to Romney and blame his failure on his debate coach.

Oooh, I’m so scaaaaaaaaared!

Kingfisher on October 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Er, the president isn’t looking quite as brilliant as he used to

Duh! No sh*t, Sherlock! Maybe you’re not as stupid as you used to be. There’s hope for you yet.

Kingfisher on October 4, 2012 at 4:55 PM

he never was pucking brilliant. period. now will you stoping lying to yourselves about Dear Leader?

as johnny rotten opined on stage as his band came apart by design before him-

“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? Good night!”

mittens on October 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

In other words, Oblameo’s “ammunition” will be to apologize to Romney and blame his failure on his debate coach.

Oooh, I’m so scaaaaaaaaared!

Kingfisher on October 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

And on altitude….and on …Lehrer (poor old chap, they will rettire him effective immediate coz mitt pulled a gingrich on him :), and possibly on the Big Bird…

jimver on October 4, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Here’s a thought for those dumb asses Stewart and Rendell – Maybe your Obamassiah isn’t as brilliant as you’d like to think. Or, maybe, is it that both of you are that stupid?

GarandFan on October 4, 2012 at 4:48 PM

If these idiots insist that Hussein is smarter then they are, what does it make them? What’s the grade below “idiot”? Liberal?

riddick on October 4, 2012 at 5:00 PM

He is that brainwashed that he used to think the stammering and the stuttering and the uhs and ya-knows were to give him time to come up with simpler words? How do you respond to that?

Strike Twice on October 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

a few weeks ago Mr Limbaugh replayed Obama’s “redistribution” speech from a few years ago…there were NO “uhs” or “ya-knows” in that speech. Nor did he drop back into ghetto speak like he has a tendency to do lately depending on the crowd.

A study was published about a year ago linking speech patterns to mental disorders…”They also found more dysfluencies — the “uhs” and “ums” that interrupt speech — among psychopaths. Nearly universal in speech, dysfluencies indicate that the speaker needs some time to think about what they are saying”.

teejk on October 4, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Note to Jon Stewart-
Obama never was as brilliant as you thought. It was just the blinding stagelights you were looking up at as you fellated him in 2008. Now go do something useful, or something.

smfic on October 4, 2012 at 5:01 PM

and for some reason, the president was clearly off his game.

My favorite part of this whole episode, is watching the left simultaneously realize:

A. The Emperor has no clothes (or brain, for that matter.)
B. Everyone on the left fell for the new suit.

Poor, poor lefties; Collectively waking up laying next to the ugliest chick in the bar from last night.

a5minmajor on October 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM

These liberal idiots can’t fathom their messiah hero is a phony scholar/political opportunist. (and, yes, lest we forget- a community organizer)

He sucked as a high school student- but was offered Occidental- Columbia and Harvard. Doesn’t seem to go to class much and makes no lasting relationships.

His teaching duties he had a Harvard Law are those handled by grad students. He couldnt make it as a lawyer in Chicago and saw an opportunity fleecing taxpayers with fraudulent scams like ACORN.

Does anyone remember ACORN ? of course we don’t.

At some point he decides to take HIS FATHER’s NAME – the name of a guy that ran out on his mother- was previously married with a family of his own, and just wanted to be you common everyday MARXIST. That father.

He’s Present as a state legislature after muscling his opponent out of the race for state, and boosted into the US Senate with shady, corrupt Chicago machine -political hacks. Money from Soros as well.

We know the rest.
Does this Obama really think he can possibly share the stage with someone like Super Mitt Romney who embodies American exceptionalism, decency and executive leadership ?

FlaMurph on October 4, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Yeah, I don’t get this “Obama was off his game” narrative. Anyone paying attention for the last four years can tell you that he never had any game to start with. He’s all teleprompter.

spinach.chin on October 4, 2012 at 5:10 PM

These idiots are finally catching up to us. Jon Stewart was just projecting his hope for what he wanted Obama to be on a person he wasn’t. Ever.

ktrich on October 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Obama’s always been a vacant suit. The libs just wiped the unicorn sparkle out of their eyes long enough to see it.

evergreen on October 4, 2012 at 5:15 PM

You’re right, but after last night’s blowout, I’m confident that Mitt can handle pretty much anything the 0bama machine throws at him.

UltimateBob on October 4, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Voter fraud?

talkingpoints on October 4, 2012 at 5:15 PM

I thought Mitt’s brilliant take on reigning in entitlements, must pass his simple smell test of, “Are we going to borrow 40 cents on the dollar to pay for this from the Chinese?”

Typicalwhitewoman on October 4, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Obama-the P.T. Barnum president, with the majority of the media being the some of the people he can fool all of the time.

This was his A game. Let’s see them try to explain the next debate.

talkingpoints on October 4, 2012 at 5:23 PM

So what does it say about Jon Stewart that he had to wait till last night, almost four years, to see what many others, who he would mock, saw early on? Right, he’s a schmuck.

arand on October 4, 2012 at 5:40 PM

For those of you citing the Jon Stewart quote, please watch the clip. He’s not being condescending, he’s poking a hole in Obama’s ‘I’m smarter than you’ persona.

YYZ on October 4, 2012 at 3:52 PM

You mean I have to take the extra step and give him (them) something that they have never given us (conservatives)? The benefit of the doubt and go look at all facets for context?

HAHAHAHAHAHA. Nah. That’s okay.

PS: Not laughing at you so please don’t take it that way, but the really poor fit of the shoe on the other foot.

kim roy on October 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

stewart’s comment about obama’s pauses being because he was thinking of smaller words is a rip off of what they used to say about william f. buckley who would say “uhh” a lot, but it was because he was trying to think of a word you could understand.

obama is no wfb…

jetch on October 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

You’re right, but after last night’s blowout, I’m confident that Mitt can handle pretty much anything the 0bama machine throws at him.

UltimateBob on October 4, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Last night Romney won my vote. I was always going to vote against Obama, but now I feel like I have someone to vote for. I imagine there are a lot of people like me out there. Can anyone say widening enthusiasm gap?

MississippiMom on October 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

The best result of the debate is the consensus. The left chose not to try and turn a pasting into anything but a pasting. And we now know kool-aid does eventually works its way out of your system.

sdbatboy on October 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

You’re right, but after last night’s blowout, I’m confident that Mitt can handle pretty much anything the 0bama machine throws at him.

UltimateBob on October 4, 2012 at 4:11 PM

The Governor himself has to be experiencing a huge boost in confidence too, not to imply that he needed it. It’s all good.

slickwillie2001 on October 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM

You know, I used to think the pauses, he was just trying to think of smaller words for the little brains to figure out what he was saying.

Mr.Stewart, the thunderous nature of the resultant poppysmics of your until now perpetual gluteal osculations upon the President leave me dumb to your newfound epiphany.

M240H on October 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Stewart – what an arrogant, snobbish, out-of-touch with people comment to make – “smaller words for little brains” – disgusting.

However, maybe the reason O is spending his time with college students and lefty talk radio shows and entertainers is that all O is, is the entertainment president. Maybe that’s why Stewart made his stupid comment. Obama is one who is isolated (apparently by his own choice) and totally out of touch with reality.

The attack machines will start and continue but if I were a large lefty donor, would I want to give more money to this guy? One who cannot talk without a teleprompter? I’m not so sure anymore.

MN J on October 4, 2012 at 6:10 PM

It’s hilarious how conservatives whine like little biznatches about the mainstream media, but the moment they’re saying something conservatives agree with they’re all over it. I don’t expect Hot Air will be promoting the 95% of clips where Stewart and The Daily Show rip Mitt and Fox News a new orifice, will you?

Constantine on October 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

It’s hilarious how conservatives whine like little biznatches about the mainstream media, but the moment they’re saying something conservatives agree with they’re all over it. I don’t expect Hot Air will be promoting the 95% of clips where Stewart and The Daily Show rip Mitt and Fox News a new orifice, will you?

Constantine on October 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

No, and what would it prove? This is a single clip with the expressed purpose of showing that even a man who’s show runs 95% propaganda for obama and liberals is just freely admitting that obama is probably the worst debater in our times. An insight as to his acumen as president I’d also say.

What would be your point other that driving up Hot Air hits with sweet, sweet, liberal sour grapes.

hawkdriver on October 4, 2012 at 6:31 PM

It’s hilarious how conservatives whine like little biznatches about the mainstream media, but the moment they’re saying something conservatives agree with they’re all over it. I don’t expect Hot Air will be promoting the 95% of clips where Stewart and The Daily Show rip Mitt and Fox News a new orifice, will you?

Constantine on October 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Denial. Which stage of grief is that, again?

tom on October 4, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Getting elected isn’t turning out to be so much of a cake walk for Mr. President as it was last time around. Last time we didn’t have 4 years of trillion dollar deficits. Last time we hadn’t wasted billions on TARP and “green” jobs. Last time unemployment hadn’t hovered around 8% for four years. Last time we didn’t have a health care boondoggle hanging over our heads. Last time no one vetted you and you had an adoring media at your beck and call. That may still be true of some news outlets, but a large number of news orgs are starting to see behind the curtain. They’ve seen the parties and the golf outings, they’ve seen the number of WH press conferences you have held vs. the appearances on the View and the interviews with Glamour. In the years since you were elected, too much money has been wasted, too many lives have been lost, too many lies told, too many people’s wealth in decline, too many living on entitlements. This time around we need to give someone else a shot.
scalleywag on October 4, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Yeah. What he said.

Cleombrotus on October 4, 2012 at 6:37 PM

… where Stewart and The Daily Show rip Mitt and Fox News a new orifice, will you?

Constantine on October 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Uttering catty, snide snark from a distance -yet, in front of an adulating, sycophantic audience- does not count as “ripping” anyone “a new orifice”, Constance.

M240H on October 4, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Did you miss this parody?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJnAp3YxCCw

Fleuries on October 4, 2012 at 7:06 PM

The Hollywood/celebrity morons and lapdogs in the media confused speech-reading with intelligence.

Maybe they are finally admitting Obama is not a great orator at all. In fact without a teleprompter he is absolutely mind numbingly boring.

Obama is reciting the same gibberish talking points over and over again year after year. It was so awful last night Obama threw in a sob story about his grandma dying days before he was elected.

Total humiliation last night. I loved it.

bailey24 on October 4, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Oh, the nerve of Mitt Romney, having done so much darn practicing and preparation before last night’s debate…

Oh, the nerve of some people to take their mission seriously. The nerve.

Le sigh.

petefrt on October 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Anybody else seeing an emerging consensus here?

Yeah, the consensus I’m seeing is What if he’s tanking on purpose? He can’t literally walk away, like Stewart suggests. But, hypothetically, what if he didn’t want to do a second term — how would it look any different from the way he’s been acting for the past few months?

LastRick on October 4, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Uttering catty, snide snark from a distance -yet, in front of an adulating, sycophantic audience- does not count as “ripping” anyone “a new orifice”, Constance.

M240H on October 4, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Its the Peter Pan Syndrome. As in, I never want to grow up…

riddick on October 4, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Yeah, the consensus I’m seeing is What if he’s tanking on purpose? He can’t literally walk away, like Stewart suggests. But, hypothetically, what if he didn’t want to do a second term — how would it look any different from the way he’s been acting for the past few months?

LastRick on October 4, 2012 at 7:23 PM

I am not buying that. If that would be the goal liberals would replace Biden with Shillary on the ticket, try to win it and then Hussein would resign citing dementia (which would not need citing by now) and let Shillary step in.

riddick on October 4, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Last night, Mitt took a sledgehammer and knocked the props out from under Obama. Obama cannot stand without his media prop, his teleprompter prop, and his racial prop. They’re all gone now.

gordo on October 4, 2012 at 7:34 PM

You know, I used to think the pauses, he was just trying to think of smaller words for the little brains to figure out what he was saying.

No, he was trying to phrase his bedrock Marxism in a way that didn’t give the whole show away.

ConservativeLA on October 4, 2012 at 7:52 PM

As Tom Brokaw put it on MSNBC, if Romney had performed as badly as President Obama did last night, “it would have been over.”

Hey, Brokaw, you arrogant jackass propagandist, it is over. Independent voters were looking for an excuse to not feel guilty about voting against the first uppity mulatto POTUS (I LOVE the term uppity, it’s so expressive, it ought to be a Yiddish word). Romney gave it to them.

ardenenoch on October 4, 2012 at 7:58 PM

‘Oh, pre-season’s over. I should probably familiarize myself with my presidents, and learn some of the various numbers and things that go along with…’

I’m pretty sure Stewart said Obama should familiarize himself with his PRESIDENCY.

I got a chuckle out of that.

logis on October 4, 2012 at 7:58 PM

I’d be curious to see side by side, Obama’s first debate compared with this one.

vcferlita on October 4, 2012 at 8:03 PM

jetch on October 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

William F Buckley left things smarter than 0bama in his toilet…

Wolftech on October 4, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Obama is an idiot. He’s never been anything but an idiot with media cover. Last night, the cover was blown. F him and the MSM.

woodNfish on October 4, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Obama is an idiot. He’s never been anything but an idiot with media cover. Last night, the cover was blown. F him and the MSM.

woodNfish on October 4, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Amen, brother. Tell it.

Jaibones on October 4, 2012 at 11:07 PM

As for Stewart suddenly abandoning his bias and letting the sun shine in to burn off the fog of his delusion, good for him. Better late than never, I guess.

What would be a real epiphany would be one of these douchebag media liberals having a Come to Jesus moment and telling their brainwashed nitwit audience members to see the Light.

Jaibones on October 4, 2012 at 11:10 PM

The best result of the debate is the consensus. The left chose not to try and turn a pasting into anything but a pasting. And we now know kool-aid does eventually works its way out of your system.

sdbatboy on October 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Don’t worry though’ they’re all rushing to get in line to get another fix. When libs are shocked to their senses it seems a relief to the rest of us – but it never lasts.

Midas on October 4, 2012 at 11:16 PM

If they’d just have listened to him as many times sans teleprompter as conservatives have, they’d have noticed this 2 years ago. Instead they’ve been occupied with hero worship and uncritical examination of their leaders.

Stewart can be quite incisive but his audience doesn’t want to hear Obama’s faults. If he had only examined his claims and plans and the amount of taxes he’d have to raise, maybe with the help of an accountant, he’d hqve have noticed that none of it adds up long before this.

flataffect on October 5, 2012 at 6:24 AM

I’d rather get my political opinions from Larry the cable guy than this creep.

Kissmygrits on October 5, 2012 at 10:44 AM

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