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Obama gets advice from 'West Wing' president Jed Bartlet -- courtesy of Aaron Sorkin

While watching Barack Obama’s halting, pause-filled performance in last Wednesday’s debate, liberals across the country found themselves wishing that the president had been prepped by someone more focused, someone more aggressive, someone like, say, snappy dialogue writer extraordinaire Aaron Sorkin. Unfortunately for them, there’s no way to grant this wish short of stealing Professor Frink’s time machine. But at least those folks can take solace in Sunday’s New York Times, which contains the next best thing to a Sorkin-penned debate: a Sorkin-penned dialogue between President Obama and imaginary ex-president Josiah “Jed” Bartlet, last seen thinking about “tomorrow” on The West Wing‘s series finale.

Sorkin pal Maureen Dowd invited her famous friend to imagine a post-debate conversation between the real commander-in-chief and the one Sorkin made up. Sorkin obliged, just like he did in 2008 when Dowd first asked him to write Obama/Bartlet fan fiction. The final product features vintage Sorkinese, cigarettes, a barrage of statistics, and cameos from Jim Lehrer and The Newsroom‘s Will McAvoy. Here’s the real meat of the conversation:

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Top 10 lines from O'Reilly/Stewart debate. Who won? -- POLL

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Spending a Saturday night in to listen to a 90-minute discussion on foreign policy, NPR funding, and national service isn’t just for the CSPAN-loving policy nerds among us.

Earlier tonight, Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart participated in The Rumble 2012, a debate on the aforementioned issues and more. Armed with notecards (for O’Reilly) and a rising platform to stand on (for the 5’ 7” Stewart), the duo joked and sparred during a wide-ranging chat. (Check out Ken Tucker’s take on the proceedings). The discussion had plenty of moments we won’t be seeing during President Obama and Gov. Romney’s next debate: When asked what popular American they would put in charge, O’Reilly said Clint Eastwood, and Stewart couldn’t resist getting out of his chair — leaving it empty — and saying, “Well, why don’t we ask him?” Despite their obvious political differences, the duo clearly have a fondness for each other.

If you missed it, you can still download the whole thing from TheRumble2012.com — but for those who just want the highlights, check out the Top 10 lines from the event below. (Note: Like Stewart, O’Reilly made great points during the debate; unfortunately, as the non-comedian, O’Reilly had less quippy remarks). READ FULL STORY

Fired Big Bird meme continues with new DNC video

Big Bird is the new Invisible Obama is the new “long-form birth certificate” is the new “I can see Russia from my house!” (Plus dozens of other memes, huge and tiny, that have faded into the ether between 2008 and now.) Since Mitt Romney’s quip about liking Big Bird despite wanting to cut PBS’s funding was one of the few memorable moments in Wednesday’s presidential debate, we can expect to see this thing really get beaten into the ground over the next week or so — or longer, depending on whether next Thursday’s Paul Ryan/Joe Biden debate yields pay dirt.

In the meantime, the Democratic National Committee is capitalizing on our collective love for Sesame Street with this new video, which cuts together various news reports mentioning Romney’s “Big Bird” remark.  It’s worth watching, if only for Al Sharpton’s concluding dig at the former governor of Massachusetts: “The math doesn’t add up! Hmm… maybe Mr. Romney needs a little Sesame Street.READ FULL STORY

President Obama needs to start watching 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Let’s just agree that Mitt Romney won last night’s debate.

He did. Even Jon Stewart says so.

That’s not to say Romney would make a better president or that he convinced a lot of undecideds who watched. (Though maybe he would and he did.) But as a form of theater, as a form of reality television, Romney outprepared, outenergized, and outpointed Barack Obama, whose lackluster body language underscored a flat, uneven performance that failed to deliver a cohesive message or to challenge Romney on a few dubious assertions. A smirk and soft, “Okay,” is not a retort, Mr. President.

So what should Obama’s team be saying to him this morning? How will they advise him to improve his tactics so that he’s ready for the next face-to-face meeting with Romney on Oct. 16. I’m hardly a political consultant, but I think Obama’s campaign advisors need to lock him in a hellish subterranean lockdown where he can heal, contemplate, and do push-ups until he’s able to climb out of a pit of misery. After all, that’s how Bruce Wayne got his groove back.

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Jon Stewart slams Obama: His problem wasn't body language, but 'mouth language' -- VIDEO

Sorry, Big Bird: Jon Stewart thinks Mitt Romney unquestionably won last night’s first presidential debate. “I’m sure President Obama now realizes, ‘Oh, preseason’s over. I should probably familiarize myself with my presidency, and learn some of the various numbers and things that go along with it,'” the Daily Show host told Good Morning America‘s Lara Spencer today.

And Stewart didn’t stop there. “It wasn’t so much [Obama’s] body language as the mouth language that he was using,” he explained, citing the president’s frequent pauses as a tic that made Obama not seem “present” in the debate. He compared Obama’s strategy to the tactic Muhammad Ali famously used in his 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” match against George Foreman: “It’s the rope-a-dope, but instead of letting your opponent punch himself out, you just get beat up.” READ FULL STORY

Obama/Romney debate is most-tweeted event in U.S. political history, for now

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Just as “Call Me Maybe” lip dubs give way to galloping “Gangnam Style” videos, so must this year’s political conventions give way to the debates.

Back in early September, President Obama’s convention speech set a record on Twitter, driving around 52,756 tweets per minute — more than any other political event in American history. (History began in March 2006, when Twitter was invented.) Last night, though, that record was shattered when Obama’s debate with Republican challenger Mitt Romney generated up to 158,690 tweets per minute, according to a graph generated by the social media site itself.

All in all, Twitter reports that more than 10 million tweets about the debate were sent during its 90-minute run time. By contrast, Twitter users sent 9.5 million tweets about the DNC over the course of its three days. The RNC inspired around 4 million total tweets.

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EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Jose:

“I had five seconds before you interrupted me.”

–President Barack Obama, to debate moderator Jim Lehrer

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday, Oct. 3 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

Read more:
TV debate follow-up: How the emphasis on ‘narrative’ distorts the Obama-Romney race
Presidential debate review: Romney dominated from early on, Obama embraced his inner ‘Obamacare’
Big Bird winner of the debate — on social media, anyway

Presidential debates: A history of the biggest gaffes and zingers

Tonight in Denver, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will engage in the first of their three scheduled presidential debates. Obama leads in most national polls, defying some gloomy economic indicators in part because of Romney’s self-inflicted wounds. But tonight, everything can change with a quip or a gaffe, as approximately 60 million voters will tune in to compare the two candidates who want to be our next president. Ideally, their conversation will dig deep in to the substantial issues and formidable challenges that confront our country. But if televised debate history has taught us anything, it’s that even the most insignificant gesture or gleam of sweat — to say nothing of the crippling brain fart — can make all the difference.

Presidential debates probably play a disproportionately important role in electing our leaders — why should rhetoric count more than resume? — but this is their job interview, and the American people get the final say in who gets hired. One false move, and the race could be over. Romney enters October in need of a “game-changer,” and his time is running out.

“Romney has been running for president for like 11 years, and it all comes down to this one night,” Jon Stewart says. “Imagine how tight you’re going to squeeze that thing… I’m talking about his sphincter, not the debate.”

According to the New York Times, the Republican has been practicing debate zingers since August and is hoping to lure Obama into a trap where he can deliver a masterstroke that will redefine his campaign and the election dynamic. He has that chance tonight. It’s happened before. Over and over, actually. Ever since Richard Nixon’s not-ready-for-primetime performance at the first televised presidential debate in 1960, the medium has been cruel to the imperfect. Obama (“You’re likable enough”) and Romney (His Judge Smails bet with Rick Perry) have survived some near-gaffes in the past; they’re certainly to be on their toes tonight.

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Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly discuss 'The Rumble' debate and their bromance

When Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly take the stage at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium on Saturday night to engage in a political debate tabbed The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium, their most partisan fans might be craving blood. After all, O’Reilly is Fox News’ looming, scowling conservative he-man, and Stewart is more than paying for his kids’ college education by routinely mocking Fox News’ style and substance four nights a week on The Daily Show. But as anyone who’s watched the adversaries joust on each other’s shows over the years, their relationship is anything but bitter. It’s more Oscar & Felix than Hamilton & Jefferson or Ali & Frazier, though Stewart suggests it’s even deeper than that. “I think it’s more Hepburn and Tracy,” says the comedian. “I think there’s a lot of sexual tension under there. Who’s who? It switches. It depends.” READ FULL STORY

Leonardo DiCaprio, Selena Gomez, Ellen DeGeneres want you to 'Vote 4 Stuff' -- VIDEO

Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Amanda Seyfried. Edward Norton. Zac Efron. Tobey Maguire? No, it’s not an overstuffed ensemble comedy from the guys who brought you Martin Luther King Day — it’s a new PSA for Vote4Stuff, a nonpartisan campaign created by Maguire and his buddy Leonardo DiCaprio. Eat your heart out, Rock the Vote!

The video starts out silly — vote for “gays in the military, exclusively!” says Sarah Silverman; “I vote yes on cats. I know they’re up to something, but I like them,” counters Benicio Del Toro — but eventually gets serious. These celebs want us regular Joes and Janes to make short videos about the electoral issues we care about, some of which will be incorporated into the Vote4Stuff campaign later this month. It’ll be tough for any of those normal people-created clips to be as amusing as this one — but if you’re up for the challenge, you can learn more about Vote4Stuff on Facebook. In the meantime, let’s argue about which star’s fake political issue is the funniest:

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