Obama’s snark could risk his likability
On Wednesday night, President Obama lost the presidential debate to Mitt Romney. On Thursday, rather than focusing solely on his policy proposals or being gracious in defeat, Mr. Obama made a strange decision. Mr. Obama chose to reply with a day of snark. In the vein of Maddow, Olbermann, Beck and Hannity, Obama took a childish and sarcastic tone on the day following his defeat.
It is a strange turn of events, especially since Obama spent so long Wednesday night protecting his lone assent – his high likability. Instead, Obama spent the morning and afternoon mocking Romney.
With Romney no longer on the stage with Obama, the President found the courage to tell crowds that Romney isn’t telling the truth and asking him to do so. It doesn’t occur to him that maybe Romney isn’t using the same oppo math the Chicago campaign has. Presumably, the President is still harping on Romney’s supposed support for the continuation of the 2010 Obama tax cuts. Those tax cuts combined with other politician-tuning is where Obama came up with that number.
Obama told a Wisconsin crowd, “I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney” but that he wasn’t the “real Mitt Romney.” Obama mocked Romney’s earlier joke saying, “finally [someone’s] getting tough on Big Bird. It’s about time.”
It’s kind of a funny joke. I was excited to hear the Stewart/Colbert’s take on it tonight. But it wasn’t presidential. If Romney can win debates, he will automatically become more likable, because Americans like winners. Americans also like gracious losers – not snarky ones. This kind of immature behavior is only going to help Romney and further distance the 49.5% of Americans that don’t vote Romney, from Obama.
As a conservative, I hope Mr. Obama continues to talk about Big Bird. It isn’t going to move any polls in his direction and it has the ability to make him look childish. It makes POTUS look petty. So you got your ass kicked, no one expects it to happen again. Living well is the best revenge. That is to say Obama should turn in a better performance next time rather than mocking his opponent for suggesting a serious budget proposal and save the rest for the next Correspondence Dinner.