In two debates President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have collectively moved into first place in the all-time worst use of the medium of television in a debates. Collectively they’ve frowned and smirked (Obama) and creepily smiled and guffawed (Biden) in such inglorious fashion as to historically portray themselves so poorly that they’ve move the needle decidedly in their opponents favor. Obama’s debate loss is already historic.
Biden, while not as outclassed on substance. prompted Chris Wallace to summarize his performance like this, “I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a debate in which one participant was as openly disrespectful of the other as Biden was to Paul Ryan tonight. It was openly contemptuous and disrespectful.”
Brit Hume termed Biden’s affect as “derisive sneering,” and summed up the performance as a “cranky old man debating a polite young man.” That was perhaps a tamer version of Hot Air’s headline: “Angry old man yells at Paul Ryan for 90 minutes”.
Here’s a few minutes of his smug jerkiness:
Collectively Obama and Biden surely take put Richard Nixon’s flop sweat and Al Gore’s sighs to shame. The partisans may be happy with Biden, but to independents and undeceideds it was every bit the disaster of style that Obama delivered last week.