Comeback Path for Obama’s Smarts

I feel like Holly Hunter today. I wonder if Barack Obama does, too.

As a know-it-all in “Broadcast News,” Hunter is accused, “It must be nice to always feel you’re the smartest person in the room.” With a stricken look, she answers, “No, it’s awful.”

Looking back, pre-debate qualms about the President’s performance make me feel bad, not prescient. Too much is at stake for that.

“The man on stage last night doesn’t want to be held accountable for the real Mitt Romney,” a reenergized Obama tells crowds today. “He knows full well that we don’t want what he’s been selling for the last year. If you want to be president, you owe the American people the truth.”

In the debate, the President disdained to practice what Hunter in the movie called “remedial reporting,” but that’s exactly what’s required to offset the serial lies Romney has zestfully embraced in the spirit of his running mate Paul Ryan.

What Barack Obama must do in coming days is summon up the kind of country wisdom his beloved Midwestern grandmother must have passed on.

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Author: ROBERT STEIN

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  1. The only way to handle a skunk is to stay far enough away that you don’t get sprayed. In this case, stay strictly to truth telling and let the fact checkers handle the smelly mess.

  2. What Obama should have said was, “There you go again.” to Romney. He didn’t need to attack Romney, but just note the times he flip-flopped or backtracked on his positions.

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