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As usual, President Barack Obama is passing the blame. On the campaign trail in Denver on Thursday, Obama was spreading the blame around for his pathetic debate performance on Wednesday night against GOP presidential challenger Mitt Romney. The good news is that he isn’t blaming Bush for the first time in extended-memory. Instead of blaming the 43rd president of the United States, he’s blaming the likely 45th president of the United States Mitt Romney.

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Obama’s commented that Mitt Romney claimed to be someone he’s not during the debate, and strongly suggested that that was the reason things went awry for him.

Famed Obama fanatics also tried to keep the buck from stopping in the president’s lap where it obviously deserves to stop. Michael Moore, known for his efforts at crushing the “right” in his movie documentaries blamed John Kerry, the president’s coach in the days leading up to Obama’s disastrous debate. Though, Moore admitted in a Twitter-messaged tweet that “Obama looked tired, even bored; he kept looking down; he had no crisp statements of passion or argument; he wasn’t there.” So, in spite of blaming John Kerry, he did expose himself as having a moment of truth in Twitter-ville. Such tweets are likely the biggest benefit of Twitter – catching disillusioned political commentators in a moment of normalcy and reality.

Beyond President Obama blaming Romney and Michael Moore blaming Kerry, former Vice President Al Gore who is known for his studies on global warming and his self-assertion that he invented the Internet blamed Denver’s altitude on Obama’s pathetic performance. Gore said, believe it or not, “I’m going to say something controversial here. Obama arrived in Denver at 2:00 p.m. today, just a few hours before the debate started. Romney did his debate prep in Denver. When you go to 5,000 feet, and you only have a few hours to adjust – I don’t know.” By now, Gore probably knows that those were words better unspoken as they are almost as laughable as his assertion that he invented the Internet.

Why is it so difficult for people on the “left” to admit that Barack Obama is not the “God-send” they have thought he was since the 2008 primary? Of course, people on the “right” have known all along that he never was a “God-send” – but just another human politician who puts his pants on one leg at a time like the other politicians – even Bush and Romney.

One can only applaud the likes of Chris Matthews and other political pundits and commentators who put the blame for Obama’s astonishingly poor performance where it belongs – in Obama’s lap.

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Sorry “leftists”, the Obama presidential debate performance was no anti-Obama conspiracy, not pre-planned, nothing criminal or dishonest, and – mostly – nobody’s fault except Obama’s. He wasn’t prepared and apparently didn’t think he needed to prepare – or didn’t care enough to prepare. Obama’s performance in the debate was just a major blunder by Obama from word one. After all, all “humans” err now and then. Unfortunately, his err was a big one. He had to finally reveal what people on the “right” have known all along which is that he really has nothing of value to show for the past four years in the Oval Office. The tales about more jobs and economy on the rise were revealed as “false” via Romney’s well-prepared and data-driven remarks.

Didn’t Obama and the “left” know this is obviously what Romney was going to do?

Well, the best Obama could do today was pass the blame again – and of all people, believe it or not, he blames Romney. Stay tuned for the second debate which, when Obama is defeated again, will probably be Romney’s fault too.

About Scott Paulson

Scott Paulson writes political commentary for and teaches English at a community college in the Chicago area. The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of CBS Local.


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