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The Top Five Obama Quotes from the Last Presidential Debate

Barack: I just whooped your @$$. Mitt: I know.

Like many people across the country, I was anticipating Monday night’s debate. President Obama slept-walked through the first one. The second debate saw an invigorated incumbent who, off the heels of his vice president’s strong showing, demonstrated that he in fact could debate and debate well. With the presidential debates essentially tied, I tuned in wondering which Barack Obama would show up: the sleepwalker or the man that captivated millions?

I wasn’t disappointed in President Obama’s performance. As I live-tweeted the debate, I realized there were so many quotes that were worth discussing. Romney was on the defensive all night, complaining that the President was attacking him instead of focusing on foreign policy issues. That sounds a lot like the kettle calling the pot black (the irony!). You could see after each Obama “zinger” that Romney’s face got tight. With that said, here are my five top quotes from President Obama on Monday night:

1. “Governor Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that Al Qaida is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not Al Qaida; you said Russia, in the 1980s, they’re now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

I’m glad that Obama finally called Romney on his flip-flop approach when it comes to foreign policy (or any policy for that matter). Russia shouldn’t be ignored. I’m sure Sarah Palin would agree. But last time I checked, they didn’t have nuclear missiles sitting in Cuba. Perhaps Romney would like to have Joseph Stalin assassinated as well.

2. “Well, let’s talk about what we need to compete. First of all, Governor Romney talks about small businesses. But, Governor, when you were in Massachusetts, small businesses development ranked about 48th, I think out of 50 states in Massachusetts, because the policies that you are promoting actually don’t help small businesses.”

Romney’s platform is that as a former businessman, he will use that acumen to turn the economy around and lower the unemployment rate. Ranking 48th out of 50 states in small business development doesn’t indicate that Romney is that great at his claim to fame.

3. “Nothing Governor Romney just said is true, starting with this notion of me apologizing. This has been probably the biggest whopper that’s been told during the course of this campaign. And every fact checker and every reporter who’s looked at it, Governor, has said this is not true.”

President Obama just called Willard a boldfaced liar to his face. If Romney’s skin wasn’t already tangerine (or Jersey Shore) orange, I believe he would’ve turned bright red.

4. “But what I think the American people recognize is after a decade of war it’s time to do some nation building here at home. And what we can now do is free up some resources, to, for example, put Americans back to work, especially our veterans, rebuilding our roads, our bridges, our schools, making sure that, you know, our veterans are getting the care that they need when it comes to post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, making sure that the certifications that they need for good jobs of the future are in place.”

This might be my favorite quote, not because it was a jab at Willard, but it’s how I’ve felt for some time now. We’re spending millions and millions of dollars per day in the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Imagine if half of that money were spent on domestic issues? Half of the problems our country faces would be solved overnight.

5. “But I think Governor Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works. You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.”

This was the quote of the night. The best part was the clever pictures of horses and bayonets that I saw on Instagram and Twitter. The look on Romney’s face was priceless as the crowd, who was instructed to be quiet, laughed at him.

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I thought the final presidential debate was the most entertaining, mainly because President Obama came out swinging on one of his strongest issues and because Willard cried most of the night about being personally attacked. I still think a lot of issues weren’t covered during the three debates that needed to be heard; more specifically, crime and immigration. However, it did enough to get people buzzing. We’ll see what happens on election day.

What did you think of the final Presidential debate? Did either of the candidates change your mind on your vote? What were your favorite quotes from the night?



  1. Horses and bayonets for th win! He talked to Mittens as if he thought the Army was still out fighting Indians and Red Coats.

    That was actually the first debate that I watched. This is mostly because my mind has been made up for about three years and the current political climate basically insured that the other side was not going to sway me so just like the conventions I just didn’t bother. Sadly, they couldn’t for the life of them stay focused on foreign policy but that’s just politicians being politicians.

    As I said your qoute number 5 was my favorite along with Obama getting sonned on the Israel trip. Overall I wish both sides would stop banging the small business drum. Let’s be adults and acknowledge the fact that when you open up shop there is a chance that you will fail. As I said before, you can’t be a half-way capitalist and many need to accept this.

  2. "2. “Well, let’s talk about what we need to compete. First of all, Governor Romney talks about small businesses. But, Governor, when you were in Massachusetts, small businesses development ranked about 48th, I think out of 50 states in Massachusetts, because the policies that you are promoting actually don’t help small businesses.”"

    Rmoney is one of the bankers that helped destroy the economy and put us in the mess we're in. His modus operandi is to buy business on the cheap, make them superficially appear successful by borrowing excessive amounts of money, paying himself handsomely, then selling the business before the bills come due. When most of your businesses fail, I wouldn't brag about being a great businessman.

  3. Whats scary is how close this race has gotten. Despite two straight debate L's, fact checkers nulling and voiding most of the things said in the first, 47%, the Paul Ryan budget, the fact that Massachusetts cant stand him, or that he basically won the GOP nom by default Mittens is actually in it.

  4. "If we're going to talk about trips that we've taken when I was a candidate for office, first trip I took was to visit our troops. And when I went to Israel as a candidate, I didn't take donors. I didn't attend fundraisers."

    -This sh1t right here nukka???

  5. Best summary of the entire debate was when our President said “Romney want the military policy of the 80s, the social policy of the 50s, and the fiscal policy of the 20s.”

    He could have seriously just dropped his mic and walked away at that point. Lol

    The sad part is, debates at this point are just theater that serve to pander towards their bases and validate why you’re loyal to the person you’re voting for. (Although Republicans should be disappointed that Romney came off further left than Obama when it came to some issues, it was almost amazing.) That’s not a bad thing though – I’m tired of us examining this unicorn group of “undecided voters” that I personally believe seem to have little to no brain capacity if they’re that confused.

  6. He also said that : "Govt Romney I'm happy you said you agree on some of the steps we've made. It had seemed during your campaign, that you said you're going to do what we do, but somehow if you said it louder, it's gonna be better."

    It was an excellent performance for the president! I was kinda disappointed they didnt talk about Canada, and Europe but Hey middle east geography was already too much for Romney […] Obama also made his support to Israel very clear (You know the jewish have america in their hands with all that money… You don't root for them you can say bye bye to the white house) So even if im far away from being a pro-Israel it was a nice move Mr President.
    The question now is: Do american voters really care about foreign policy… Hum Hum Hum Hum Hum (It would be nice to care considering the impact America has in the world… just saying)
    What do american voters really care about actually?! It would be cool to know… Romney was the winner of the 1st debate even though he was lying and couldn't explain his tax plan properly, but since he looked like he was in control he won (and since that the race is tight, WHAT?!).

  7. i thoroughly enjoyed watching this debate. not that the debates will sway my vote, but for the sheer entertainment of watching politicians throw shade, lies, and eye daggers. i got what i paid for (in tax dollars, of course).

    despite Romney wanting to essentially take us back to pre-Civil Rights era (or beyond), and him lying time and time again, and flip flopping like an Old Navy shoe, HE’S STILL NECK AND NECK WITH THE POTUS. i dont understand how the public (poor ppl, middle class ppl, old ppl, even ppl of color) can be for this guy who is certainly not for them. i will never understand a world that values their wonky religious morals (where they pick and choose what is right for others, whether or not they live it themselves) over the good of this entire country. i just… cant.

  8. Obama is a failure and he needs to be thrown out of office. The Presidency is not a prize pageant. Blacks and Latinos have had it worse in this economy than any other. California has 3 or 4 cities filing for bankruptcy. Illinois is in a dire financial situation. New York is becoming a horrible place to startup a business. All of these places are liberal bastion. Gov. Romney is a superbly qualified man to lead this country. We are in more debt to China than any period in our history.

  9. Hmmmm maybe Russia is a threat after all. Oops! Man, sure glad Obama has a handle on healthcare and the economy…que sarcasm.


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