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Sore Loser? Obama Directed New Hyper-Attack Strategy

by Keith Koffler on October 5, 2012, 6:50 pm

Perhaps embittered by his stunning defeat in his first debate with Gov. Mitt Romney, President Obama himself helped plan the new campaign strategy centered on an assault on Mitt Romney’s character.

In a Politico piece, Obama is said to have been in on the strategy meeting that came up with the decision to tear into Romney.

At first, Obama didn’t think his performance was a complete disaster. But he began Thursday morning by watching excerpts of his own performance and was especially struck by his own tentative, grim demeanor — especially when he and a more relaxed Mitt Romney were broadcast in split-screen. It was worse than he thought . . .

He huddled with his inner circle — David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Valerie Jarrett, Anita Dunn, Ron Klain and Jim Messina — and settled on the theme they hammered all of Thursday — a direct attack on Romney that accused him of out-and-out lying on his tax-cut claims and portrayed the former Massachusetts governor as a two-faced imposter willing to say anything to win.

Hours after arguably the worst debate performance of his career, Obama charged that Romney is a different man than the guy he faced Wednesday.

Obama and his campaign claim that Romney lied in saying during the debate that he didn’t plan to cut taxes by $5 trillion. But Obama’s counterclaim, laced with unusually direct charges of dishonesty, is itself misleading.

Romney has vowed that he will balance a cut in marginal rates by slashing deductions, which tend to benefit the wealthy the most.

A Romney adviser recently suggested that if Romney couldn’t get the deductions, he’d have to pare back the rate cuts. But even if the cuts are not completely balanced, Romney would not be making anywhere close to $5 trillion in tax cuts.

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Sadie October 5, 2012 at 7:10 pm

They’re fools or the worst paper mache artists in town. Everyone knows that donkeys are historically pinatas. Donkeys should never attack a charging elephant blindfolded.

Their grand plan: Name calling and school-yard bullying tactics. What’s next, “yo, mama slams”.

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Not Nabob October 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm

My sentiment exactly.
Obama fools but Romney rules. RandR 2012

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Guillermo Grande October 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

Yeah. I’ve been doing my rainy Saturday reading and now conclude the liberal definition of “falsehood” is anything that doesn’t match the team Obama narrative. The name calling, excuses, denial, obfuscation…thank God no serious crisis has happened during the last four years. How would they manage a real in your face issue…go chat it out on The View?

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Star October 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

That Maryland governor O’Malley is everyplace–what a dopey lapdog. His line today is Big Bird meets the Big Lie. What a kneeslapper. When no one laffs, he says it again. Is this a talking pt? I feel sorry for Maryland–I know people who live there. And Gibbs is running around the Sunday things–if he is so smart how come he is no longer press secy? Hacks all of them.

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SnarkEsq. October 5, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Desperate, pathetic, sleazy. Time to brace ourselves; the next 32 days are going to be like none we have ever seen before. I am praying harder than I ever have in my life. This country needs to be saved from what this totalitarian has in store for us in the next four years. He is desperate to cling onto power and keep Moochelle living a life of luxury. God help us.

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Julie Brueckheimer October 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm

10 fingers, 10 toes up!

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Sadie October 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I was not the one to invent lies: they were created in a society divided by class and each of us inherited lies when we were born. It is not by refusing to lie that we will abolish lies: it is by eradicating class by any means necessary.
—Jean Paul Sartre, Dirty Hands (1963)

Me thinks Obama and staph and NO that’s not a typo are devotees of Sartre and “dirty hands” comes naturally for them.

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Anonna October 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I heard an author the other day on Fox News who said liberals have their own Trinity: race, class, and gender. This rang so true — their guiding principle is divide and conquer.

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Not Nabob October 5, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Obama directed? HAHA
Mr.Arrogance couldn’t direct anyone to the toilet. Oh wait, yes he could because he’s full of shit.

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Susan October 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

After witnessing president Kardashian’s stellar debate performance, I doubt he could direct his way out of a paper bag.

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srdem65 October 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Oh, that’s not going to work. Calling MrRomney dishonest or a bald-faced liar won’t erase the memory of the worst televised expose’ of a sitting President since Watergate.
65 million+ Americans watched in shock and horror as their President who was once called the ‘smartest man in the room’ stumbled, bumbled, and stuttered in an attempt to answer simple questions.

‘Who you gonna believe, the President or your lyin’ eyes’ is all they have left.

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Anonna October 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Oh, yes, it is going to work with Obots and those who don’t pay attention to the facts.

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SnarkEsq. October 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Ugh, Bill O’Reilly opened his show tonight with “Talking Points” about how loser Obummer, his campaign, and the Dem party are wrong to call Romney a liar. But, then stupid O’Reilly said that “both Pres Obama and Gov Romney should warn their campaigns to stop the slander.” Whaaatt?? Um, exactly WHERE is Romney and/or his campaign slandering BHO? Sometimes, I really feel like slapping O’Reilly.

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Not Nabob October 5, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Bill wants The Big Zero back on his program so he is gonna softball so as to not ruin his chance to get that big interview.. Sometimes I think Bill is only out for himself.

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SnarkEsq. October 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

He is. I can’t stand his “I’m looking out for you” shtick. No, like you said, he’s only looking out for himself. I hate the way he often plays both sides of the fence. He claims Obummer is a very intelligent guy, a great public speaker, blah, blah, blah. As soon as the election is over, I’m done with his show for good.

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Sadie October 5, 2012 at 10:32 pm

The Devil playing the Devil’s advocate best describes O’Reilly.

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Girly1 October 6, 2012 at 12:00 am

Can’t stand the bloviator. His ego is bigger than Obama, if that’s humanly possible. Grey Poupon, anyone?

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Sadie October 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

Girly – Grey Poupon. LOL.

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Star October 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

I enjoy Bill–but he sure takes his ego out for a walk sometimes… He has said, though, that every time he says Obama is “a nice guy,” he gets a few thousand emails saying, “We don’t think so.” Tonite is his event with Stewart–I paid the five bucks, sue me. I need some laffs. Half goes to charity.

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Jack October 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm

what??? obama himself will be commanding his own campaign? Well, if he does it as efficiently as he has done with the country he will go down and that’s a fact.

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Mrs Compton October 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Way to many people watched the debates for this to have any effect. Their lying and nastiness is going to back fire on them. They’ve done it so many times and now a huge audience has finally seen it without the cover of the media.

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Just2old October 6, 2012 at 7:32 am

My thoughts exactly Mrs C.

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Glock17 October 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Watch for a total transformation on Obamas part over the next few days. Pay close attention to his physical appearance. He will dye his hair so that no gray, or at least very little gray is visible. He will be in make-up constantly so that he appears younger. He will ALWAYS ( ALWAYS!!) be smiling. No matter what. I would not be surprised to see a photo or two of him with a baby or maybe a puppy.
How do I know this? Because this is exactly what a typical sociopath would do after seeing themselves in a negative light. He watched himself on tape, then “huddled with his inner circle”, working to make corrections.
When has Obama EVER “worked” on anything himself? Only his extreme narcissism could prompt him to “work”, but rest assured, he’s about to re-invent himself again. The change will be dramatic.

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Girly1 October 6, 2012 at 4:14 am

He scares me with that phony smile. He turns it on and off like a water tap. But look at his eyes when he’s smiling – they’re icy and cold. In hs book, DREAMS, he wrote something about ‘disarming’ white people with his smile….and no ‘fast moves’, Creepy!

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Star October 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm

To me his grin is like a neon sign as I said before… Happy….happy….happy…happy….

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Radegunda October 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Yes, I’ve never before seen so much seething malice in a politician’s eyes. It’s amazing that so many don’t see it — or they think those are his “serious deep thinker” eyes or his “fighter against injustice” eyes. Mostly they just see the goofy grin and say, “He’s so likeable! A nice guy!”

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sablegsd October 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm

The Eagles You Can’t Hide Your Lyin Eyes pops into mind here.

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Sadie October 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Keith,

After reading your post, I am bewildered. Does it imply that neither he or his staff watched/listened to the networks Wednesday night, but waited until morning (post 20th anniversary date night or whatever) to tell him what should have been obvious to him. Is he that detached or clueless or do politcians in general remain unable to separate the job from themselves?

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lc southern October 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Not at all surprised he’s directing the nasty attacks.

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SnarkEsq. October 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Obama retooling for next debate: Williamsburg debate camp

http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2012/10/obama_retooling_for_next_debat.html

Some tidbits:

To remedy this, there will be more extensive preparation for Obama before the next showdown — now much higher stakes for Obama — at Hofstra University. Obama will set up debate camp at the end of next week in Williamsburg, Va.

Obama may not be adding more rehearsal time — but as senior adviser David Axelrod says, he’s going to be more strategic about how he uses it.

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Style counts. Obama didn’t look good. Romney did. The Republican National Committee whipped up a video released Thursday morning entirely devoted to Obama’s supposed “smirk” during part of the debate.

To remedy this, the Obama team for starters is studying the debate tape for its performance aspects. They know Obama has to be the guy you want to have a beer with.

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DeniseVB October 6, 2012 at 8:13 am

Shouldn’t he be doing debate prep on Long Island to get used to the altitude ? (snicker, couldn’t resist)

Or how about Camp David? That’s what it’s there for. Fall is a busy time for Williamsburg tourism, cool crispy weather and pretty leaves. Now he’ll half of it shut down :(

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Radegunda October 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm

You know what they say about saltwater — it makes people crazy.

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Star October 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I would drink some chocolate milk with Romney.

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Girly1 October 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

That’s heartwarming…me, too!

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Granny Jan and Jihad Kitty October 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Great strategy, President Obama because we all know how brilliant you are.
This video is old but still relevant. I especially love “the Brilliant” sound clip from the Guinness ad:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLjVh3iMTZM

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Just2old October 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

Brilliant!

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Guillermo Grande October 6, 2012 at 10:46 am

Good one GJ. And Michelle thinks he has a mind like a steel trap? Well if so, it would be rusty, can’t close, and isn’t staked down. Small wonder he picked Uncle Joe as a running mate. A simple case of like minds tend to confiscate?

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Girly1 October 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm

The serial liar has spent the last 4 years loitering on HS and college campuses preying on mushy-brained students. Since he was elected, 18M young people have reached voting age. The day after the Great Debate, Breitbart sent a reporter to the University of WI to ask Obama supporters if he should have used a teleprompter at the debate. Today, in Fairfax, VA, Obama was still spewing his lies about the Romney $5T in tax cuts…even after Stephanie Cutter was forced by Erin Burnett to concede it was a lie!

Take a listen to these brainwashed morons:

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/10/05/Obama-Supporters-President-Should-Have-Teleprompter-At-Debates

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Carole October 5, 2012 at 11:14 pm

I hope all this comes back to bite them in their a$$es!!

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cindy lou October 5, 2012 at 11:28 pm

obama was pathetic in the debate – he kept trying to use the millionaires and billionaires keywords and romney shot him down every time he tried

i so hope the next debate will be as good, after seeing the last one I don’t see how it cant be

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Suellen October 6, 2012 at 12:01 am

Yesterday upon the chair
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away….

(Taking liberties with William Hughes Mearns verse, “Antigonish”)

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OldTimer October 6, 2012 at 7:39 am

Obama has his problems because more and more people are automatically suspicious of what he says and what his Administration is doing. Just look at what happened yesterday when so many automatically had doubts about the 7.8% unemployment rate He has lied so many time it is at the point that people are not believing him from the get go. I have noticed Obama blames his opposition of doing things that he is already doing. I think his making Romney out to be a bad guy isn’t going to work. .

Off subject but I want to point out about the 16 trillion debt clock. Everybody is showing it clinking away. I would like them to also show a percentage of debt to GDP clock. When Obama came along the debt as a percentage of GDP was about 40%….now it is 72%. As the economy gets smaller and the spending goes higher the percentage will be going up. It will get more attention when the percentage clock shows debt is 100% or more. .

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Girly1 October 6, 2012 at 10:29 am

Romney needs to hammer Obama on this:

Disability Ranks Outpace New Jobs In Obama Recovery
Fri, Jul 06 2012
By JOHN MERLINEJOHN

INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY

More workers joined the federal government’s disability program in June than got new jobs, according to two new government reports, a clear indicator of how bleak the nation’s jobs picture is after three full years of economic recovery.

The economy created just 80,000 jobs in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. But that same month, 85,000 workers left the workforce entirely to enroll in the Social Security Disability Insurance program, according to the Social Security Administration.

The disability ranks have outpaced job growth throughout President Obama’s recovery. While the economy has created 2.6 million jobs since June 2009, fully 3.1 million workers signed up for disability benefits.

In other words, the number of new disability enrollees has climbed 19% faster than the number of jobs created during the sluggish recovery. (Even after accounting for people who left the disability program because they died or aged into retirement, disability ranks have climbed more than 1.1 million in the past three years.)

And the disability ranks will continue to swell. In just the last month, almost 275,000 put in applications for disability benefits. Experts say that more people try to get on disability when jobs are scarce, and changes to eligibility rules enacted back in 1984 have made it far easier to qualify.

In addition, while hiring has been very weak during the recovery, the number of people who have dropped out of the labor force entirely has exploded by 7.3 million since June 2009, an IBD analysis of BLS data show. Some aged into retirement, but most either signed up for disability, stayed in school, moved back in with parents, or just quit looking for a job.

As a result, the “labor force participation rate” – the number of people who have jobs or are actively looking for one compared with the entire working-age population – is now 63.8%, down from 65.7% in June 2009. This participation rate is at the lowest levels in 30 years. In previous recoveries, the participation rate has almost always risen, not fallen.

Other indicators show that the three-year-old economic recovery isn’t producing jobs in adequate numbers:

The unemployment rate has been above 8% for 41 consecutive months. In the previous 60 years, the jobless topped 8% in a total of only 39 months.

The number of people with jobs is still nearly 5 million below its pre-recession peak.

The number of long-term unemployed – those out of work 27 weeks or more – is still 5.4 million – almost 1 million higher than when the recovery began, and almost twice the level it ever reached prior to Obama’s recovery.

http://news.investors.com/economy/070612-617233-disability-climbs-faster-than-jobs-under-obama.htm#ixzz28WjYKzmf

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Susan October 6, 2012 at 11:23 am

That’s part of the left’s long range goal. Force more and more people on the government dole until the whole system crashes. That is why they are so desperate to remain in control. They who hold the reins of power at the time of the collapse are the ones who control the future. Listen to how many times Obama talks about rebuilding America. That is what this election is all about. Do we want to rebuild America into some autocratic society where the government controls our lives from birth to death? Or do we want to restore America to her founding principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We’ll know which path America decides to take in another month…

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Anonna October 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Sickening news for those of us who really are disabled. Now all those who have doubted our situation have new fuel to their fire because a whole lot of newbies have figured out how to use for their own ease a program meant for the unfortunate.

It’s sort of the reverse of being a woman and having people wonder if you got your job through affirmative action.

Thanks, big gov’t!

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Shofar October 6, 2012 at 11:12 am

What I think is funny is that Ice T tweeted, “Message to the President: ‘No weed before the next debate homie….’” (http://twitchy.com/2012/10/05/ice-t-offers-president-obama-debate-advice-no-weed-next-time/).

Bill Maher said on his show that it looked like Obama spent the million Maher donated on weed (http://youtu.be/Es5blRzMX9w).

Maybe next time Obama’s handlers will get him a line or two of coke so he seems alert and ready to go. The only problem will be that no matter what drug he’s on, the one he enjoys most is power.

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Star October 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I am not sure power is it–maybe privilege…the plane, servants, kowtowing. He seems kind of bored with the actual job–tired of the constant pressure to actually lead, to come up with ideas, to bring people to the table, to think in terms of getting people satisfying work or at least creating an atmosphere in which people can create that or find it. What a drag–it’s like always having homework..

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Radegunda October 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I think he does like to have power over others. He just doesn’t want it to involve much effort.

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Smaj October 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Attacking Romney’s character, yeah, that’s a winning strategy.

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sablegsd October 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I think we all know who the dick wart is that will say and do anything to get 4 more years to destroy this country. Walking, lying clump of smegma.

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Star October 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm
JIM WHITTAKER October 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm

No more Affirmative Action presidents. Ever!

No more racist Attorney Generals. Ever!

No more Welfare Queen first ladies. Ever!

No more liberal-boot-licking MSM. Ever!

Jim Whittaker
Hemet, CA

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Charles Douglas Lemay October 7, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Every time I see or hear either one of the Obamas, I feel
like a snake just crawled over my foot.

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Caroline Woods October 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Please Please don;t lower yourself to the gutter by calling Mitt Romney a LIAR I thought that The Whithouse was better than this
Sorry that its come to this Shame on you

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