Clearly President Obama did much better tonight than in Debate #1, but then the bar was rather low.
Mitt Romney also did well though he missed a few opportunities and inexplicably kept asking Obama questions instead of just destroying the President’s house of cards.
On balance I would say it was a draw with perhaps a short term advantage for Obama.
However, the huge mistake in this debate was Obama’s lie about Libya. Somewhere Bill Clinton must be smiling because his famous “That depends on what the meaning of is is” may have been eclipsed tonight for hair splitting mendacity.
Because the word “terror” appeared near the end of his statement on the morning after the events in Benghazi, Obama now claims that he characterized the attacks as terrorism. This is an absurdity of the first order.
The line in question is as follows:
No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.
As is obvious, the President is trying to fashion a fig leaf from thin air to cover his exposure, but almost everyone will recognize that the President has no clothes on. The Libya Lie will not work. This flimsy fib, this cheap dodge, will crash when the media has a few days to chew on it. Yes, even Big Media won’t be able to stomach this deceitful twisting of the facts and I suspect that Candy Crowley will be in for a few rough days from her colleagues as well.
They are happy on MSNBC tonight because they lap up the lies of their Leader like starving kittens stamping in a saucer of warm milk. But in a few days reality will set in and they will realize that Tuesday October 16, 2012 was the day that Barack Obama lost the presidential election when he went one lie over the line.