This evening while listening to an NPR discussion about last night’s debate, I heard this excellent comment by someone who called into the program and it went something like this:
I know it is getting old to blame today’s economy on Bush, but when Romney complains about the slow job growth, I think Obama should remind him that it is much better to gain 100,000 jobs a month than losing 800,000 a month, which is what happened when Bush left office, and may happen again when Romney takes office because their policies are similar.
The NPR anchors were impressed with that statement and suggested the caller become Obama’s speechwriter (or debate instructor).
The consensus is that Obama was strong in yesterday's debate and had many good answers, but when it comes to job creation and the economy, he needs to be more agressive and find the right words to defend himself. After all, that is Romney's only playing card against Obama, that the economy is not good enough and the debt too large.
Obama should say those exact words. They should be used in an ad and in his upcoming campaign speeches. They may not fit in next weeks debate which will focus on foreign policy but if he has an opening to sneak them in, he should do it.