President Obama Tuesday told an Ohio State University crowd that he “procrastinated a lot” in college, begging the question of whether some of his old habits had returned as he prepared for his disastrous debate last week with Gov. Mitt Romney.
Obama appeared far less prepared for the debate than Romney, who effortlessly cited a string of policies and arguments to which Obama often had little response.
Obama himself has admitted to a tendency toward laziness, saying the trait could have stemmed from his upbringing in Hawaii, where the beach always beckons and life can be less intense.
Writing in The Daily Mail, Toby Harnden quoted a “Democrat close to the Obama campaign” as saying, “President Obama made it clear he wanted to be doing anything else – anything – but debate prep.”
Indeed, Obama played a little hookey from his two-day debate school at a hotel outside of Las Vegas, taking flight from the classroom to go visit the nearby Hoover Dam. He also popped by a local campaign field office, joking to a volunteer, “It’s a drag. They’re making me do my homework.”
At his Ohio event Tuesday, Obama referred to his own habit of procrastination while urging students to register to vote.
Because if you’re not, today is the last day you can register. Now, I know it’s easy to procrastinate in college. I procrastinated a lot. But we’ve made it easy. You go to Vote.BarackObama.com to register yourself. And you’ve got until 9:00 p.m. tonight. No extensions. No excuses. I know you guys are up at 9:00 p.m. As you get older you start thinking about sleeping around 9:00 p.m., but you guys are just getting started.
Actually, Obama is still a night owl, routinely staying up until around 1:00 am.