Obama says debate prep 'going great'
By REID J. EPSTEIN |
10/14/12 3:30 PM EDT
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – President Obama is making no more jokes about how much he dislikes debate prep.
Asked by a reporter during a pop-in at a Williamsburg campaign office how his studying is going, the president responded with a quick: “It is going great!”
The difference is palpable compared to what he told supporters outside Las Vegas while studying for his calamitous Denver debate.
“Basically they're keeping me indoors all the time," Obama said then. "It's a drag. They're making me do my homework."
If Obama is interested in playing hooky from his debate practice -- where aide Anita Dunn is playing the role of Candy Crowley and Sen. John Kerry is reprising his role as Mitt Romney -- he doesn’t have to go far. The president’s hotel here, the posh Kingsmill Resort, is also hosting a Ferrari car show Sunday.
The day’s message from Team Obama continues the campaign’s vow of contrition from the first debate and vows to do better Tuesday night at Hofstra University on Long Island.
“The president is his own harshest critic and he knows Mitt Romney had a better night at the first debate,” campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. “The American people should expect to see a much more energized President Obama making a passionate case for why he is a better choice for the middle class.”