the hits keep on coming
Was this Obama's Jimmy Carter moment? President's woeful debate compared to 1980 TV disaster that handed Reagan victory
Barack Obama has been savaged over his performance in last night's presidential debate, with one commentator even suggesting that he was less effective than the hapless Jimmy Carter.
Even those who have been the President's most enthusiastic cheerleaders in the past lined up to denounce the evening as a 'disaster' for Mr Obama, and worried that Mitt Romney's resounding win would allow him to turn around his struggling campaign.
Prominent Obama fans denounced the President as 'off his game', saying the debate was 'a disaster' for the Democrats - and one even said, 'I don't know what he was doing out there.'
But perhaps the most stinging blow came from the Right, with one conservative commentator quipping: 'Not since Jimmy Carter faced Ronald Reagan has the U.S. presidency been so embarrassingly represented in public. Actually, that’s an insult to Jimmy Carter.'
Mr Romney was on the offensive during the debate in Denver, shining in what was arguably the most high-profile moment of his political career so far. 'This was a disaster for the President for the key people he needs to reach, and his effete, wonkish lectures may have jolted a lot of independents into giving Romney a second look.
'Obama looked tired, even bored; he kept looking down; he had no crisp statements of passion or argument; he wasn't there.' In a crushing verdict on the President's 'terrible' performance, Mr Sullivan concluded: 'He choked. He lost. He may even have lost the election tonight.'....
the bottom line
Obama fell flat on his face without his teleprompter