I just finished watching the first debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney and it wasn’t so much what was said, but how it was delivered. Have you ever watched someone who’d deceitful, or flat-out lying? They avoid eye contact except for the occasional glance. By contrast have you ever watched someone who is honest, forthright and confident? They have the opposite behavior, they maintain eye contact, they speak to you not the floor or some other point in the room.
If you recorded the debate, or get a chance to see a reply and didn’t pick this up for yourself, fast forward through and watch Obama and Romney as both speak, and listen to their opponent. Obama looked at his podium or at the moderator perhaps ninety or more percent of the time, while Romney rarely looked away from his opponent. He displayed a keen focus on what Obama was saying, only looking away to take the occasional note, and spoke directly to Obama while giving his statements. The only real exception was his closing remarks when he looked into the camera as though talking to the voters.
This body language, and believe me I’m typically oblivious of this as a rule, was screaming to me that he was being 100% honest and engaged, while Obama showed his annoyance with what Romney had to say and chose to talk to Jim Lehrer for most of his answers, only glancing toward Romney with the occasional jab. I felt Romney was straight forward with his ideas on how to turn the country around, while Obama seemed to just skirt the fact that he has accomplished virtually nothing in the past four years and was begging for a “Mulligan”. (Golf slang for a do over)
Look, I don’t agree with everything that Romney proposes, but I am convinced that four more years of Obama’s policies will devastate this country. Romney expresses his desire to adhere to the declaration of Independence, ans well as the Constitution. Not the least of which was his reference to the 10th amendment which states basically that it is the states and the people who are the foremost governing powers, not the Federal government, which has far over reached its power and authority. The voters need to ask themselves… “Has Obama done the things he promised four years ago?” Things like calling George Bush’s four trillion-dollar rise of the deficit “Unpatriotic” then increasing it another six trillion in half the time? Or cutting unemployment then letting it sit stagnant at over 8% for the past 43 straight months. Those numbers are actually artificially low, as it doesn’t count those who haven’t looked for a job for the past three consecutive months. When those folks are counted, the number is nearly 16%. He said himself in 2009, that if he didn’t “…turn the economy around in three years, (his) would be a one term proposition”. I say, let’s hold him to his word.
I can’t say that Romney will keep every promise he makes, few politicians do, but when I see a man look his opponent in the eye, and speak with conviction, I see a man who is admirable, and a man of his word. Not a con-man who doesn’t look you in the eye, while hoping you don’t notice his deceit, or his record of failure. Someone who hopes you’ll just keep the Status Quo, but I don’t believe we can even hope for it to be that good if he were to win four more years. Hold him to his word, make his a one term proposition.
Who won? I give it to Romney for his engagement, his appearance of confidence and honesty, and a forthright explanation of where the present administration is missing the mark, and what he wants to do to turn that around. Romney 1 – Obama 0