5 Takeaways From the 1st Debate

Posted on October 4, 2012

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The first presidential debate of 2012 scored a huge television audience. The ratings have not come in for the cable networks (Fox News, CNN, MSNCBC and CSPAN) but the broadcast networks’ numbers have been released and the numbers are up from 2008. This debate scored of 35 million viewers on the broadcast nets. Cable numbers will be released at a later time. We were part of the 35+ million people watching. And now we share 5 things we took away from this debate. ​Catch them below and share your thoughts with us on Twitter, Facebook and the comments section below!

1. The Candidates’  smirks are creepy
I couldn’t help but feel uneasy when seeing these two men smirk at the comments of one another. Obama looked like my creepy cousin and Romney looked like my creepy uncle. I didn’t know if I should run to my mommy and ask her to get the scary monsters off my television or if I should laugh along like I actually do at my creepy uncle and cousin at Thanksgiving Dinner.

2. We all love Big Bird, but not Jim Lehrer
Big Bird got some much desired 15 minutes of fame last night. Let’s admit it, with the success of Disney Channel, Big Bird is not the “bird next door” like in the past. Thanks to Mitt Romney, Twitter blew up with Big Bird comments. There are already multiple Big Bird parody accounts, one of which already has 25K followers!
Jim Lehrer has a few parody accounts too. His, however, seem to be more critical of him. Yes, the moderator’s debate performance is under scrutiny by several people. Some admire him letting the candidates have free reign.

3. Facts have a different definition in debates
There have been 24,368,898 countless fact checks since last night’s debate. One thing I’ve learned is that both candidates smudged the truth a little. And while I don’t think that is acceptable, it is the case in politics and debates. Some claims were downright false, but most were just a little misleading. Thank goodness for fact checks.

4. President Obama made a mistake by not speaking to the camera in the closing remarks
Closing remarks are the main 2 minutes in a debate where one should try speaking directly to the American people. You have 2 uninterrupted minutes to say what you want, how you want. You are stating your case to the people; not the moderator. . When a speaker looks the audience in the eye, the audience develops a connection with them. They are more likely to connect and comprehend what they are saying and see the speaker as more trustworthy and honest, President Obama did not look in the camera. He did not come into my proverbial living room. It made me feel disconnected and weary. Governor Romney, however, looked into the camera, thus looking at me.

5. Romney won
This isn’t exactly breaking news. Everyone agrees that Mitt Romney won – even Obama State TV MSNBC gave the Romney campaign a win. Every news site, blog, Tweeter and granny in her rocker say Romney won. BUT, will it be enough to give him a substantial bump in the polls – enough to tie him or even edge President Obama in the national and battle grounds state polls? New polling data will start being released next week, after we get the September unemployment rate numbers. These numbers combined with Romney’s debate performance will contribute greatly to the results of the next round of polling.
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