Sad trombone: Obama tries to pick up the pieces of his broken soul at Denver rally

On the heels of his disastrous debate performance, President Obama held a rally this morning during which he attempted to clean up the tattered remnants of his dignity. You can view the whole sorry spectacle here.

An estimated 12,300 supporters showed up to listen to the pander-fest:

Pres Obama and performance by Will I. Am, draws crowd estimated at 12,300 to Denver campaign rally.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 4, 2012

Obama at Denver rally. Crowd estimate 12,300.

— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) October 4, 2012

"Pres Obama draws crowd estimated at 12,300 to Denver campaign rally." So that would be, what, in actuality like 3,000?

— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) October 4, 2012

Heh. warmed them up with a little Journey beforehand:

at Obama rally in Denver, now playing "Don't Stop Believing." Getting crowd to sing along. #politicalkaraoke

— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) October 4, 2012

But it looks like many of them already have:

So just saw Obama at a rally in Denver, why wasn't this guy at the debate last night?

— Kris Roley (@roleyshow) October 4, 2012

Interviewed quite a few devoted supporters of Obama here at Denver rally who all expressed some form of debate disappointment

— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) October 4, 2012

Obama, still picking out the splinters from his trip to the woodshed, had to carefully craft an excuse for his crappy debating skills. He ultimately went with blaming Mitt Romney, natch. You see, we didn’t see the “real” Romney last night; we saw Snidely Mitt!

Pres Obama says the Mitt Romney he debated last night was "not the real Mitt Romney." Cites changes in his policies at the debate.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 4, 2012

Pres Obama said the "real Mitt Romney" campaigns for $5-trillion in tax cuts, but the Romney at the debate knew nothing about it.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 4, 2012

Pres Obama said "real Mitt Romney" says more teachers aren't needed, but the debate Romney said he loves teachers & cant get enough of them.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 4, 2012

Pres Obama said the man on stage last night doesn’t want to be held accountable for the real mitt Romney and what he says.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 4, 2012

Barack also stuck up for his buddy Big Bird:

Pres Obama mocks Romney's call to cut funding for PBS: "Thank God someone getting tough on Big Bird," said the president.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 4, 2012

"Thank goodness….we didn't know that Big Bird was driving the federal deficit," President #Obama said at a Denver rally today.

— James F. Haning II (@jameshaning) October 4, 2012

Obama in Denver rally: "Finally someone getting tough on Big Bird." Seems like he needed that line 15 hours ago.

— Jeremy Wallace (@JeremySWallace) October 4, 2012


Of course, no rally would be complete without a bit of bin Laden football spike-age:

President Obama: “A new tower rises above the New York skyline, al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead.”

— OFA (@OFA) October 4, 2012

Obama drops "bin Laden dead, GM alive" line, another one that went unsaid last night.

— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) October 4, 2012


Shameful. Obama spikes bin Laden football again. Silence on Camp Bastion attack, bloody Benghazi security debacle.

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 4, 2012

Its s sad thing for Obama to claim a death of Bin Laden as the major thing that defines him

— Ruth Mills (@remmy115) October 4, 2012

Obama spiking the Bin Laden football is really getting old. You didn't raid and wipeout ANYONE. #sitdown

— Jackson (@itslaurenelysee) October 4, 2012

He was apparently too caught up in the moment to mention that had bin Laden been taken alive, he would have had the terrorist tried in federal court. Gutsy call!

And, lest the wimmenz feel left out, he made sure to give a shout-out to all the #LadyParts:

Obama just blew the #LadyParts dog-whistle. Holla!

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 4, 2012

You guys: Obama is just saving his debating skills for the #ladyparts debate.

— ن Miké Ramoné ن (@ThePantau) October 4, 2012


Big Brother Obama also took a moment to plug his New Economic Patriotism:

#Obama touts 'new economic patriotism' in post-debate Denver rally via @denverpost

— Kevin Dale (@kevindale) October 4, 2012

At the chilling morning at Sloan’s Lake Park in Denver, Obama touted his plan for restoring the middle class.

“What I talked about last night was a new economic patriotism,” the president said, continuing his campaign’s theme that the rich should pay more taxes to help heal the nation’s out-of-whack spending.

Does that include exporting more jobs, Mr. President?

VIDEO: Obama In Denver, CO: "Export More Jobs"

— Brittany Cover (@bccover) October 4, 2012

Obama shouldn’t be making slip-ups today. After all, he’s not facing the same kind of pressure he did last night:

Obama in fighting mood this morning at Denver rally…when he's not up against, y'know, an opponent. Bold! Forward! #COpolitics #CPACCO

— peoplespress (@peoplespress) October 4, 2012

President much tougher on mitt when he's not in front of him

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) October 4, 2012

Obama sounds aggressive, sharp, and zinger-equipped at his Denver rally right now. Good thing 40 million people are watching. Oh wait…

— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) October 4, 2012

Several observers noticed that Obama attempted to redeem himself by letting fly a couple of zingers that hadn’t occurred to him last night:

Pres has come up with some of the rebuttals he couldn't deliver last night

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) October 4, 2012

For many, his stab at staircase wit was reminiscent of a classic, and equally futile, “Seinfeld” moment:

Obama at campaign event right now channeling George Costanza "Well the jerk store called…"

— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 4, 2012

I have seen literally four different people on Twitter in the last 10 mins compare Obama's speech to George Costanza's "jerk store" line.

— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) October 4, 2012

We expect President Obama will have Air Force One re-routed to Virginia so he can zing Romney in person at his rally tonight.

Obama wrapped up with a plea for his audience to “keep on believin’” in him and a promise to finish what he started. Four more years, everybody!

Hard to digest since I like Bruce… Obama exits #Denver rally with Springsteen's "We Take Care of Our Own."

— Alex Murashko (@AlexMurashko) October 4, 2012

Romney, rightly confident after his debate victory, didn’t seem to be fazed by Obama’s follow-up performance:

Romney campaign responds to Obama's rally in Denver by stating that the president is "in full damage-control mode."

— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) October 4, 2012

Damage? You bet. But we’re pretty sure Obama’s lost control.

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