Wednesday night at 9 p.m. EDT, the presidential candidates will take on each other in round one of three bouts.
In the blue corner we have Democratic incumbent, while in the red corner, we have challenger Mitt Romney. The anticipation is high, but will viewers be satisfied or disappointed in the outcome?
Pundits on the Internet, talking heads in radio land and on television are all trying to "outgab" each other, and the rhetoric has reached fever pitch.
Conservatives, liberals and those sitting on the fence are gathering at water-coolers around the nation's workplaces opining on their man’s chances of winning this thing tonight.
President Obama tends to be cool and collected, which can be both a plus and a minus. The pros here are, he remains unflappable during the debate exchange. The cons are he comes off looking too professorial, clinical and detached.
He also tend to be long-winded, as professors are, and his drawn out "ams" when he wants to stall and think through clearly before he gives a definitive answer, which can sometimes make him appear unsure.
Romney has had tremendous debating experience under his belt compared to Obama, so it will be interesting to see how this translates. His trademark awkwardness-- seemingly uncomfortable in his skin-- tends to turn voters off, and his badly injured champaign after all the video exposes' and aloof, out-of-touch "Marie Antoinette" characterizations out there, could be hard to overcome.
But miracles have happened, and he just may surprise us all. His wife Ann swears he has a wicked sense of humor and though we have not seen much evidence of that along the campaign trail or during previous political run for office. He might show America that funny side tonight.
President Obama is currently being maligned for his administration handling of the killings in Libya where ambassador Chris J. Stevens and three others lost their lives. The violence, earlier blamed on an anti-Muslim movie, is now being classified as a terrorist attack.
Critics include Republican Congressman for California's 49th District,, who is also Chairman of The House Oversight Committee. Rep. Issa was seen on CNN Wednesday, calling for a thorough investigation of events leading up to the attack. Many feel Ambassador Stevens and the embassy were not protected as they should have been.
So the president, despite restoring some respectability to America after our disastrous reputation abroad (remember poor presidentbeing pelted with a shoe on a visit to the Middle East?), is now under fire for his foreign policies.
On the other hand, Romney's summer tour to boost his foreign policy "cred" was sort of the "little engine that could." He was ridiculed in London for criticizing that city's ability to maintain safety at the Olympics.
Then he went on the Israel, where he insulted the Palestinians, and he didn't fear much better in Poland, where one of his people cursed out reporters for being crazy, when ironically, he was the one slinging expletives explosively.
Both men have baggage and the country is in such a peculiar place right now and the climate so divisive that predicting the champ is not as clear-cut as it seems.
So who are you rooting for: the red corner or the blue?
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