The worldwide audience did not see a knockout punch from, but President Obama seemed to be reeling a little, maybe even looking slightly lost, throughout Wednesday's first presidential debate. In true Dunkirk spirit, Romney rallied his thoughts and led with a focused theme on jobs and the economy.
From the outset, the president looked lackluster and tired. His usual confident air was missing as time and time again Romney took the argument directly to the president on the consequences of the economic meltdown and Obama's failure to deliver on promises made in 2008.
Obama was often caught on camera looking down at his notes, a strange grin on his face at times, as Romney held forth on how he would specifically introduce measures to support America's squeezed middle class.
Even some Democrats were bemused by Obama's low-key performance, although it wasn't so bad as to critically wound his chances of securing a second term in the November election.
As Allvoices Anchor Invigilator previously suggested, Romney ditched his recent scattershot approach and concentrated on business and the economy, two areas where he feels confident. Yes, he touched on religion and morals, but was clever in bringing it back to jobs, business and relaunching the economy whenever he could.
The ploy worked, and Obama had no real answers to the reinvigorated "Mittens." Romney finished with a spring in his step as he moved forward to shake hands with the sometimes stumbling Obama.
Across the U.S., Republican supporters set out for work, if they had it, buoyed up with a new spirit of optimism on the back of Romney's debate performance.
Before last night's debate, Obama was eight points ahead in the polls in Ohio, which is a key swing state. That lead may have been dented, but many feel that he still has the edge despite Romney's newfound oratorial skills.
For a large percentage of the U.S. electorate the hugely publicised presidential debates are little more than sideshow and have minimal influence on how they finally vote. And for those that might be influenced, there is still a lot of water to flow under the bridge and more public face to face debates before the polls open.
For sure, Romney can't stay as on point over the economy for the whole of the rest of the presidential debates. Obama will make sure that areas where Romney has faltered over in the past such as foreign policy, -- almost any policy but economic, in fact -- will take center stage. That could spell disaster for Romney, but today all seems good in the Republican rose garden.
Probably best for them to enjoy it while they can, and as for Obama:
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