I was really mad at our President about his performance in the first debate , I felt a little better by the time the second debate rolled around, but I gotta tell you I am feeling mighty good at the way the president conducted himself in debate number three.
I opined after the first debate that if President Obama lost the election of 2012 , he need look no further than the first debate. Conversely if Mitt Romney loses the election he need look no further than the third debate, In fact Mitt Romney must forever hate Horses and bayonets. Not sure if he will use the bayonet on wife Anne’s show horse.
Mitt Romney obviously does not read the briefing papers his staff presents him, in fact if the debates were anything to go by Mitt Romney seemed to memorize a series of subjects and talking points in preparation for the debates( we called that cramming in school). The problem with that approach is that it leads to problems. Romney seemed in a hurry to say everything on his mind , seemingly intent to get rid of everything he crammed before he forgets to say them. The result is sometimes a series of incoherent babble that spills from his mouth with tremendous alacrity, and to some degree this tends to get Romney in trouble.
So in the third debate we heard buzz-words like Mali, The Navy, Terrorists, a Nuclear Iran. In fact that pretty much dominated the entirety of the third debate. Mitt Romney was so intent to argue for more ships that he completely neglected to see the potential land-mine he was stepping onto.
Romney stridently argued that he will build a grand total of 16 ships per year, to make up for what he says is the Navy’s lack of numerical strength. Romney argues that for the first time the Navy has less ships than it did in 1916.
Obama responded: “You mention the Navy, for example, and the fact that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets. We have these things called aircraft carriers and planes land on them. We have ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.” He added, “It’s not a game of Battleship where we’re counting ships, it’s ‘What are our priorities?’”
That response not only reinstated Barack Obama as the candidate for America, in this time, this moment but it showed Mitt Romney as a superficial Candidate who crams with talking points but lacks a general understanding of how Government really works. That moment revealed to the world that Mitt Romney was not ready for prime time.
That zinger may have sunk Romney’s battle ship.
Congratulations to you Secretary Powell, for standing for what you believe in, I salute you for standing for principle and dedication to country. Thank you Colin Powell for endorsing president Obama for a second term.
Former chairman of the Joint Chiefts of Staff, and Secretary of State Colin Powell .
I will not comment on John Sununu’s comment regarding this endorsment.