Presidential Debate: Please may 2008 Obama show up

By Emeka Chiakwelu

For those of us who have followed President Obama political career from
when he became a US Senator from Illinois to the time he became President
of the United States in 2008, clearly recognized the fact that, the Barak
Obama who debated Governor Mitt Romney during the first presidential
debate fall short of being the political juggernaut we all knew him to be.

During the first debate, his aura was recoiled, most often holding back
with an absent minded appearance. To sum it all, the real President Obama
was missing in action – as the assertive, warm, friendly, and upbeat Obama
did not show up.

But let’s move on, everybody is entitled to a bad day, maybe he forget to
drink his favorite smoothie or maybe the weather was not right for the
debate. However, beyond the circumstances of the first debate, Americans,
mostly, Democratic party base and the undecided voters in swing and battle
ground states will appreciate seeing a tough debating and aggressive Obama
on Tuesday night.

For Tuesday’s debate, there are guidelines the President Obama should follow:
The first and foremost, Let OBAMA be OBAMA. For the Tuesday’s debate, I
hope to see President Obama rekindle his “HOPE” paradigm by being more
assertive. He is a great speaker, who understood the plight of middle and
working class Americans, a seasoned politician, and has been good in
debates – he should be himself without the burden of trying to be too
presidential, too polite and too nice. These qualities should be postponed
for the presidential swearing in. As for now the American people want to
see the feisty fighting Obama of 2008 to once again bring smiles to the
American faces.

Bring Joe Biden’s debating template to the table: The vice president did
a phenomenal and wonderful job; he was in charge and led the debate
between him and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.
President Obama should add to Biden’s debate template by bring in his own
personal quality without letting go of those fine theatrics displayed by
the Honorable vice president Joe Biden – the smile, assertion and good old
American confidence without apology.
The body-language factor, for it speaks a volume – this is as important as
what a candidate articulation and mastering of the subject. President
Obama’s must use his body-language to demonstrate the continuous rebound
in the US economy, dropping unemployment rate, and to assure the American
people of full recovery from eight years of Republicans fail policy that
led the country into the greatest recession since 1929.

In all, President Obama must apply his personal charm and aura – most
powerful of all, his big smile that always melt away any doubt and smooth
away any rough edges. The upright looking and the big smile are always
reassuring to the American people.

He should not allow any assertion by your opponent to go unanswered: At
the heat of the moment, Governor Mitt Romney may throw in an assertion
without specific; he should not allow him to get away with it – and make
sure that such assertion is revisited in the next question before
answering the question at hand.

Finally, this one works all time Mr. President: say your prayers and drink
lots of water to calm your nerves; Paul Ryan is a testament to that.

Mr. Emeka Chiakwelu is the principal Policy Strategist at Afripol. Africa
Political & Economic Strategic Center (AFRIPOL) is foremost a public
policy center whose fundamental objective is to broaden the parameters of
public policy debates in Africa. To advocate, promote and encourage free
enterprise, democracy, sustainable green environment, human rights,
conflict resolutions, transparency and probity in Africa.

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