Team Obama: Mitt's Debate 'Masterful,' 'Dishonest'
Plus, more debate over Jack Welch
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2012 1:10 PM CDT
Mitt Romney speaks during the first presidential debate with President Obama at the University of Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – Team Obama was busily spinning Wednesday's debate today, with Robert Gibbs in one breath calling Mitt Romney's performance "masterful, masterful," and in the next slamming it as just that: a "performance" that was at best "fundamentally dishonest," reports Politico. "He did a superb acting job. He did everything but learn tap-dancing," Gibbs said. Chimed in David Axelrod: "It was completely un-rooted in fact, it was completely un-rooted in the positions he’s taken before and he spent 90 minutes trying to undo two years of campaigning on that stage, but he did it very well." Elsewhere from your Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • Newt Gingrich on the debate: "The job of the president is supposed to be to be competent and to be able to articulate what's wrong. Mitt Romney walked over him. The weird moment with Eastwood and an empty chair may turn out to be symbolic."
  • Gibbs on Obama's reaction afterward: "I think the president understood that he hadn't performed up to his own expectations pretty quickly after he got off the stage that night."
  • Ed Gillespie on the debate: "The Obama campaign reminded me a little bit of a 7-year old losing a checkers game ... they sweep the board off the table."
  • Gillespie on Big Bird: "Big Bird would be pretty successful, I suspect, without a federal subsidy. Any father who's gone to a toy store knows that Big Bird is a pretty commercially successful entity."
  • Gibbs on Jack Welch's assertion that jobless numbers were cooked: "The notion that somebody as respected as Jack Welch would single-handedly embarrass himself ... We wonder why institutions in this country are failing: because people go on TV and make stuff up. There's a number of people that believe the real unemployment report is somewhere in a safe in Nairobi with the president's Kenyan birth certificate."
  • Axelrod on those who believe Welch: “They can join the lunatic fringe of birthers with that. Every single respectable economist has said that is completely nuts.”

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Oct 8, 2012 10:23 AM CDT
The ONLY thing I can say, is what Sam Jack says, and Sam Jack says .. "What the f__k" Team Obama is a bunch of "dumb F__ks" .. led by that "dumbest f__k" Obama. ...... Did Robert Gibbs say, Obama should have tap danced?
Oct 8, 2012 8:43 AM CDT
everyone lies. get over it
Oct 8, 2012 6:37 AM CDT
So Obama shows up without the teleprompter, the fawning media, the selected and bought crowds -- and he looked like the incompetent, ill-prepared and empty suited affirmative action president we have all grown to know and love. Basically we got a good, unvarnished look at how incompetent and vacuous Obama really is. Without the media and handlers, he is nothing. So what does the media like newser do? 1. They never once say Romney won the debate. 2. They bring out all the foolish morons from the NYTimes to slime Romney. 3. They order all the paid posters here to pound "mittens" and how much of a liar he is even though Obama blatantly lied about tax credits for sending jobs overseas and several other whoppers. 4. Loons like Gore and Sharpton come out with outlandish ideas like the altitude to make excuses. The fact is the performance at the debate was a pathetic performance by a pathetic president wholly unsuited for the job. It will go down in history as the most awful performance of a President ever at a debate.