Archive for October, 2012
First Presidential debate: the President’s performance was described as weak, listless, disengaged.
Second debate: Obama was seen to be feisty, energetic, alpha male.
But some commentators had some concerns about the President taking on the alpha male persona. For instance, New York Times columnist David Brooks appearing on the PBS Newshour pointed out: “The person who is deemed to have won the debate is the person who dominates the room. And so it becomes alpha male.”
He continued: “I think — I think Obama will get a little something out of this. That would be my guess.
“But I say that with some trepidation, because the coolness, you know, I think that may not — it won’t help Romney, but it may not swing things.”
Could there be a middle ground between weak and alpha male? It would be interesting to see if the President will be able to find that optimum style and body language. Stay tuned for the third debate.
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