To heck with “concise” answers… how about honest ones? As if!

Given the list of moderators, it wouldn’t be surprising in the least if it’s easy for Obama to practice giving the answers, because he’s probably already have been given the questions (we also know Team Obama is trying to control what is and isn’t asked, and the mods will probably be happy to comply).

From The Hill:

President Obama is cramming for his three prime-time debates with Mitt Romney next month by practicing brief and concise answers, senior campaign strategist David Axelrod told Reuters.

A gifted orator, Obama has a tendency to give long, detailed answers that the campaign worries could come across as aloof during a televised debate. In his debate prep with sparring partner John Kerry (D-Mass.), Obama has been working on keeping his answers short after four years when he’s rarely had to submit to rapid-fire questions.

“He’s got to speak shorter, that’s all,” Axelrod told Reuters. “He just hasn’t had to do that for the last four years so that’s a part of the discipline of preparing for these debates.”

“Gifted orator”? These news writers are still working off the script from 2008:


58 Responses to “Obama Practicing Giving ‘Concise Answers’ at Upcoming Debates”

  1. Marshall_Will on September 17th, 2012 12:48 pm

    Most of us would settle for coherent answers. "You didn't build that" and glimpses behind the curtain won't be so easily disposed in a live setting.

    Debate 2 will be so entirely consumed by walk backs, coded explanations and qualifications there won't be any TIME for new content. It will leave even the mooderators flummoxed.

    Prepare for a full blown Matt Damon/designer-perfomance enhancing drug style meltdown. Team O'Drama is CRINGING at the dismal, no upside prospects of dealing w/ razzamatazz between rounds displays of fancy footwork when no points were scored and the horror of no shoutouts or handy tool for signature fist bump.

  2. jeffythequick on September 17th, 2012 12:49 pm

    Dear Supporter,

    In an effort to elect me, I've asked you to keep the family home, donate your kids' (or your own) wedding presents (hey, why not donate the kids' birthday presents too?), bid on a date with us, now, we have a great NEW idea!

    How about a garage sale for me? Get rid of that old crap, and send the funds to my campaign! I know that you're having a hard time making ends meet, but what better way to show your support than to sell all those baby clothes, that ratty couch, and that old desk?

    I'll be doing the same with the White House china, the Resolute Desk, and some old artwork here in the White House. We'll have the sale on the White House lawn in late October.

    Best wishes,


  3. Truesoldier__ on September 17th, 2012 12:58 pm

    "Obama Practicing Giving ‘Concise Answers’ at Upcoming Debates"

    He is having TOTUS stand in for him?

  4. The Zoo Keeper on September 17th, 2012 12:59 pm

    People that start every other sentence off with “let me be clear”, obviously need to work on being concise.

  5. jeffythequick on September 17th, 2012 12:59 pm

    On Topic:

    Is Obama shortening his answers to 45 minutes?

    If there were real moderators, they'd ask him, "Tell us about your best idea."

    Then, unplug the timing lights, and watch him spew.

  6. Truesoldier__ on September 17th, 2012 1:00 pm

    I expect plenty of long winding answers with multiple dramatic pauses that will leave the most ardent supporter perplexed as to what Obama just said.

  7. Truesoldier__ on September 17th, 2012 1:02 pm

    I am waiting for Team Obama to start asking supporters to donate their entire paychecks. After all, occuring to Obama he has saved or created 4.5 million jobs, so you probably wouldn't have your job if it were not for him in the first place…..

  8. Marshall_Will on September 17th, 2012 1:18 pm

    No kidding. Over the weekend our Guard unit had the good old annual weapons familiarization/Qual. Thankfully it was only about 90 deg. out.

    The instructors were great guys but their language hasn't seen an upgrade since the 70's. Even the younger members noticed and made endless folly of it!

    "Basically this is what you call yer' lower reciever group and it basically…?" Eventually they realized their whole presentation was hopelessly dated but you can't just do a re-write on the spot.

    O'Drama will become the victim of his own, now comical mannerisms and speech patterns. It's just too late for them to do anything about it. Basically.., let me be clear..!?

  9. Marshall_Will on September 17th, 2012 1:31 pm


    The man simply lacks the intellectual capacity to distinguish between his usual delivery of a speech and the time honored debate format. Additionally his complete inability to treat Mitt w/ any form of graciousness nor to acknowledge him as a human being will BLARE thru America's TV screens.

    Mitt will be treated w/ nothing but open contempt and hostility for daring run against him. So two strikes before moderators air their first question.

  10. Truesoldier__ on September 17th, 2012 1:33 pm

    No doubt about it. And it will hurt Obama just like the infamous sighs from Al Gore did back during the 2000 election debates.

  11. Truesoldier__ on September 17th, 2012 1:49 pm

    O/T….GM wants Obama out of their business, but Obama Admin says no:

    The Treasury Department is resisting General Motors' push for the government to sell off its stake in the auto maker, The Wall Street Journal reports. Following a $50 billion bailout in 2009, the U.S. taxpayers now own almost 27% of the company. But the newspaper said GM executives are now chafing at that, saying it hurts the company's reputation and its ability to attract top talent due to pay restrictions.

  12. SignPainterGuy on September 17th, 2012 1:57 pm

    Years ago when Kelly Ripa first came to join Regis, the camera focused on her face as she tried fruitlessly to follow a champion "double-speaker" supposedly giving her instructions for her appearance on the show. (It was a practical joke by the staff) It was hilarious watching her expressions change from, "Yeah, mmm hmm" to shock to, "WHAT?"

    I expect to see nothing but "Yeah, RIGHT ON !" from the mooooderators and dem plants in the audience ! Rapt attention, folks !

  13. SignPainterGuy on September 17th, 2012 2:05 pm

    "….. it hurts …. its ability to attract top talent …… " That was the point all along ! Don`t they realize they already have the smartest guy EVAH ? Obama says they don`t need mag`t, just the union reps ! It`s all good !

  14. Truesoldier__ on September 17th, 2012 2:06 pm

    Makes you wonder if the Obama campaign will hand out Obama t-shirts to the audience so as to make it look like everyone loves Obama on national tv.

  15. Marshall_Will on September 17th, 2012 2:09 pm

    Good thing Sheriff Plugs will be on stage and not in the audience then! ( He gets his best sleep during Obama's speeches )

    JFTR, if the guy owned a rest/bar or whatever, and his twisted worldview and inappropriate racist/sexist jokes never LEFT the place, he'd probably come off as an ok guy. In the 1950's…

  16. Truesoldier__ on September 17th, 2012 2:23 pm

    But of course. Remember, GM didin't build it themselves, government did!!!

  17. SignPainterGuy on September 17th, 2012 2:30 pm

    Will there be any of Joe`s party buds at the ready with Sharpies should he fall asleep ?

  18. SignPainterGuy on September 17th, 2012 2:32 pm

    Hand them out ? NOOOOO ! Donations to Re-Elect Obama up front or signed donation pledges first, unless of course they`re union members !

  19. Granny55 on September 17th, 2012 2:35 pm

    MW – as far as I can tell – at this point – he has about 500 strikes against him regarding the presstitutes. I have not seen one positive comment about Mitt from any of them.

  20. Granny55 on September 17th, 2012 2:38 pm

    I saw that this weekend – I made the comment – I wonder what will be for sale on the lawns of Charlie Rose, George Snuffelufugs, Chuck Todd, Chris Mathews, Angria Mitchell, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams and the rest of the thrill up their leg crowd. They already sold their souls to the devil – what is left?

  21. Marshall_Will on September 17th, 2012 2:38 pm

    That's essentially what they ARE saying!

    It's a GIVEN if you managed to sustain yourself thru The Great Recession by going, going BACK or becoming a permanent/career student. All those "living expenses" college loans don't grow on TREES you know?

    Send (2) paychecks, after all, this IS the Patronage System, if you 'worked' for AmeriCorps and/or Census Taker.

  22. Marshall_Will on September 17th, 2012 2:41 pm

    Great observation SPG. Even us blue collar types ( not total FAKES like Sheriff Joe ) realize Union Rep's don't design the car models of the future!

    They're just there to run the skimming operation.

  23. Marshall_Will on September 17th, 2012 3:16 pm

    Oh why be such a wet blanket by putting a 'number' on it? Teh Wun gets to keep swinging away until He randomly connects and only Homers 'count'.

    Then they'll all marvel at His "Slugging Percentage". He may get that kind of treatment from the Presstitutes, but as Ann Coulter noted going into the 2010 mid's, the wives and sister-in-laws that have had an Unemployed LUMP Occupying The Couch for the last 99 Weeks ( likely won't be as generous! )

  24. SignPainterGuy on September 17th, 2012 3:18 pm

    "The skimming ops" and of course, to maintain the tension and friction between mng`t and labor. Oh, and to be sure unionized workers can`t be fired for anything short of murder !

  25. Truesoldier__ on September 17th, 2012 3:19 pm

    None of them would dare have a yard sale in their upscale neighborhoods. They will "outsource" the garage sales to everyone elses neighborhoods.

  26. Marshall_Will on September 17th, 2012 3:22 pm

    OT party observation:

    Over the weekend found ourselves in the middle of THE coolest 1950's party EVAH. The crowd was mostly in their 30's and rented the Legion Hall. Guys, slicked back hair, t-shirts and straight leg jeans. The gals, polka dot dresses, saddle shoes, the works.

    It was great fun and a real pleasure to immerse yourselves in a better, Pre-Prog time, if only for a few hours. We could all use a reminder of that now and again.

  27. Truesoldier__ on September 17th, 2012 3:25 pm

    Good point. It is only a matter of time till the "dear supporter" letter comes out letting everyone know that by donating $3 today will put you in a drawing to be one of the lucky winners of debate tickets.

  28. Truesoldier__ on September 17th, 2012 3:27 pm

    I would not be surprised if team Obama not only gets the questions in advance (which we know will happen), but he is allowed to record his answers and then just lip sync them during the debate.

  29. SignPainterGuy on September 17th, 2012 3:30 pm

    Right; upscale neighborhoods with HOAs, gated communities rarely allow such trashy looking activities. The options for re-selling your stuff incl. flea markets (if soiling yourself in such a place isn`t too scary) or consignment shops.

  30. Truesoldier__ on September 17th, 2012 3:32 pm

    O/T…Looks like the Beirut Embassy may be the next to be targeted as it has leaked out that the Embassy staff is buring classified documents as a precaution:

  31. SignPainterGuy on September 17th, 2012 3:33 pm

    I just love that (NOT); a donation gets you a chance "at a chance" to get a ticket / dinner with ________ !

  32. jeffythequick on September 17th, 2012 3:43 pm

    Dear Supporters,

    In keeping with the intent of the First Amendment to some 18th Century document that has some relevance, we at the government have made a contract with major television shows to talk up ObamaCare, as it is affectionately called.

    So, please, sell everything you don't need, and if you go to a garage sale in your neighborhood, buy something, but only if they're supporting me. Even buy things you don't need with your household budget, and then re-sell them back at your OWN garage sale. It's a WIN-WIN-WIN! The seller WINS, you WIN by raising more money, and I WIN by getting double donations!

    As a side note, if you have children, how about you auction off a date with their friends, or better yet, anonymous bidders with a lot of money, and send that in to my campaign? But only do that if they say it's OK. We're working with their teachers on that front.

    Keep Moving FORWARD!


  33. jeffythequick on September 17th, 2012 3:49 pm

    If it's Monday, it must be Beirut!

  34. Marshall_Will on September 17th, 2012 3:50 pm

    Wasn't this ALL too predictable? CEO's loooove the freebies from gubmint, but aren't too keen when being told how much/little they can make themselves?

    Other than Immelt at GE and Doug's goofy Uncle Warren Buffet ( see under Early Onset Dementia ) Corp. America is turning their BACKS on Teh Qwon. The INDIGNITY of pleading for a Waiver…

    That HURTS.

  35. SignPainterGuy on September 17th, 2012 3:54 pm

    Hey, keep that quiet; the greatest orator evah may not have thought of that ! YET !

    If he sounds like Pres. candidate hopeful, Al Green, D-SC, replying to every statement / question with, "It`s Bush`s fault !", we`ll know ! Or if it looks like a Chinese Kung Fu movie where the sound track doesn`t match the lips ! Heh !

  36. archer on September 17th, 2012 4:18 pm


    “1st – How can GM be a "success" story if the Treasury dept is claiming the taxpayer will get hosed if they sell the taxpayer stake in GM”

    It was a ‘success’ for the unions in that it kept hundreds of union workers on the job.

    I’m thinking the loss comes when the hundreds of millions of stock shares bought with taxpayer dollars are sold at less than the purchase price.


    When the “salvation” of GM happened in the media it was lauded as a credit to Zero as the greatest of presidential decisions ever. Now that GM wants to cut ties the media is spinning it to the “taxpayer” who will lose.

    Zero’s economic decisions even better than his foreign policy decisions.

    And in the future if anything goes awry as a result of “Zero’s BIN LADEN decision” you can bet it will all of a sudden be spun to be someone else’s BAD decision and the media will spin it to tug on some taxpayer emotion or one of the heart strings.

  37. archer on September 17th, 2012 4:27 pm

    One more big round of applause for and a salute to patriotic liberals.

  38. Truesoldier__ on September 17th, 2012 4:30 pm

    At least if it looked like a bad sound track job it would be enteratining.

  39. Marshall_Will on September 17th, 2012 5:15 pm

    Hey, don't KNOCK those kung-fu classics! As TS points out, the garbled audio and frame skipping provide half the fun!

    Love to see a parody's parody to The Most Interesting Man In The World when Dick O'Drama steps off the float plane w/ a 16mm movie projector as beach bunnies squeal out "We loooove you!"

  40. Truesoldier__ on September 17th, 2012 6:01 pm

    Not to mention, the voices they choose to be the dubbed in voice is usually so out of charachter for the person it just ads to the fun.

  41. jeffythequick on September 17th, 2012 6:35 pm

    I'm hoping for the "Kung Fu – Enter the Fist" kind of theatrics.

    ohhh weee ooooh

    But, isn't Barack a woman's name?

  42. SignPainterGuy on September 17th, 2012 6:43 pm

    "But, isn`t Barack a woman`s name ?"

    No, it`s a "girly-man" name ! At least in his case !

  43. SignPainterGuy on September 17th, 2012 6:49 pm

    My Sis is 8 years older, graduated HS in `63. I remember her going to school "Sock Hops" all the time. Also, she and a couple girl friends would come over to our house with dress patterns and material and stay up all night making evening gowns. I`d wake up in the morning and watch them modelling their work.

    Who does that now days ?

  44. Marshall_Will on September 17th, 2012 6:50 pm

    ohhh weee ooooh

    Drunken Galt Master?

    Funny how all the Prog-supporters in your life, the ones that wanted GWB's head on a stick over the AIG Bailout and were CHEERING for *more financial chaos* have suddenly become spokesman for the Status Quo?

    Not a WORD about Sandra Flake's bidness, but if YOU 'could' stand to hire someone but held off, THAT'S a moral hazard!

  45. Marshall_Will on September 17th, 2012 6:57 pm

    Kind of what I've always told the band. Pretend these people are hearing rock & roll for the first time! That Woodcrock never happened ( boy are historic perspectives CHANGING on that? )

    Our motto has become; "A Sock-hop gone really, really wrong". Like somebody spiked the punchbowl? Anyway, the gals at this one really went all out on their outfits and the guys did their best to recreate the lingo accurate and everything.

  46. SignPainterGuy on September 17th, 2012 6:59 pm

    The Russian ships and Turkish fighter jets were shown during John Kerry`s speech in all likelihood that North Vietnam doesn`t / didn`t have their own-built ships and planes !

    In case any of you haven`t heard from / about John Kerry in the last few days or weeks and may have forgotten; John F`n Kerry DID in fact serve in Vietnam ! The NVs erected a plaque in honor of his and NOT Fonda Jane`s service to North Vietnam !

  47. SignPainterGuy on September 17th, 2012 7:06 pm

    Ha haaaa, too much fun !

    Am I assuming correctly that your band played ?

  48. backwoodsconsr on September 17th, 2012 7:19 pm

    Exactly the point I was going to make, TS. Obama depends on longwinded answers so people will forget what he said at the beginning of it. A while back Hot Air posted videos of Obama saying things that were in direct contradiction to each other, often within the same speech.

  49. Marshall_Will on September 17th, 2012 8:51 pm

    No, but it's a gig I wouldn't mind having. We haven't done a lot of Rockabilly, but wish we did.

    What I really loved ( and there's something about a gal smacking her gum in your face? ) but, if Progs had their way, in essence, Teh Wun would have the same effect as Pol Pot. Set the calendar to Year 1. NOTHING that happened in America over the last 300+ years counts for JACK.

    Say anything, ANYTHING remotely patriotic and you're just being 'nostalgic'. MM mentioned as they tried hijack yet another holiday, the 4th, "We're not the ones trying to whitwash history. We're just saying it's a day we set aside to commemorate all the GOOD things America has done".

    And of course they'll have none of it! It was a real kick to see these people flipping off The New Establishment, man…

  50. SignPainterGuy on September 17th, 2012 9:21 pm

    I just got back from Subway getting supper. In line ahead of me was this 20 something guy in `50s getup; plaid shirt (tail out), straight-leg jeans (cuffs rolled up), black suede shoes (Huh ?), but it was the hair that carried the whole thing. Jet black and oilly, flipped up and back, no facial hair; he was pullin` it off !

  51. SignPainterGuy on September 17th, 2012 9:48 pm

    Doug, your admin just ate another one ! It was benign, I promise !

  52. backwoodsconsr on September 17th, 2012 10:22 pm

    Benign? Bingo!

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  55. SignPainterGuy on September 18th, 2012 12:41 am

    Mmmh, Frisbee shot ! ;-)

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