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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


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.


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!

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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.

Click below for a few of the biggest winners and losers in presidential debate history. READ FULL STORY

Obama's got 99 problems, but a Mitt ain't one -- NSFW VIDEO

If you thought that video of Barack Obama “singing” “Call Me Maybe” — or, even better, “Never Gonna Give You Up” – was amazing, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet.

A few hours ago, remix artist Diran Lyons posted a new video on YouTube. It strings together various clips of the president, ordering them so it looks like he’s performing a modified version of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” — complete with lyrics like “The year is 2009, and the White House is mine/But the economy’s in full motherf–ing decline.” (It’s unclear where Lyons found audio of Obama swearing, but the audio version of Dreams From My Father is the most likely source.) The video isn’t exactly the most flattering portrait of our president — Obama also “raps” about how he “work[s] for the banks” and “traffic[s] weapons in their drug-cartel war” — but either way, it’s a masterfully crafted supercut.

Watch all the way through for a special guest appearance by MC Mitt Romney himself — and check Lyons’ website if you want all the motherf–ing lyrics.


Obama vs. Romney: Jimmy Kimmel asks who is scarier -- VIDEO

We don’t know yet who will be the next president of the United States, but thanks to Jimmy Kimmel, we have some clue which contender would win a scare-off.

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the talk-show host discussed the sales of presidential candidates Halloween masks, pointing out that Barack Obama was clobbering Mitt Romney in costume sales this season. But Kimmel was less impressed by the political significance of Obama large mask advantage, and much more interested in which Halloween mask would scare his security guard Adelina more.

It’s hardly a scientific study, but President Obama seemed to have an edge. Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

Samuel L. Jackson makes anti-Romney video: 'Wake The F-- Up'

Beloved character actor and Olympics enthusiast Samuel L. Jackson has a message for all the Democrats who just can’t get excited about the 2012 election: “Wake The F— Up.” That’s the name of a new pro-Obama video starring Jackson, which functions as a spiritual sequel to Jackson’s narration work on 2011’s novelty classic Go The F— To Sleep. The video finds a typical adorable young girl concerned that her family is less motivated in the current election than they were in 2008. Motivation arrives in the form of Samuel L. Jackson, wearing a beret and looking like a man who wants you to ask about the beret, go ahead, ask about it. When the girl’s older brother says that all politicians are the same, Jackson gets up in his face: “They’re all… the same?” When the girl’s older sister is spending too much time Facebooking, Jackson instructs her: “”Stop bulls—ing! Get out there and sell some cakes and cookies!” And wait till you see what he rhymes with “Fact-Ducker.” Watch the video: READ FULL STORY

Ann Romney on 'Tonight Show': Mitt 'is a guy that I know cares' -- VIDEO

Making her first late-night talk show appearance, Ann Romney stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any Beyoncé love, but there was plenty of talk about Mitt.

The wife of Gov. Mitt Romney seemed a bit nervous for her big debut, but Leno guided her through her remarks, as she first spoke about the emergency landing her plane had to make last week. Leno asked her about Romney’s odd-seeming comment,”[airplane] windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that.” The audience laughed, but Mrs. Romney just said that of course he didn’t mean it seriously, and that was just his was of showing that he was worried and he cared.

Romney Cares! could easily have been the theme of the interview. Beyond the airplane comments, Mrs. Romney emphasized how much her husband cares about America — particularly needed in light of Romney’s now-infamous “47 percent comment” caught on video. Asked specifically about the tape, Ann said, “This is  a guy that I know cares. …We care about the 100 percent,” and “There are two things [I know]: He cares, and he’s competent.” READ FULL STORY

Obama's and Romney's '60 Minutes' interviews were a disaster and a triumph -- or vice versa

If for some reason you hate watching beautiful people give each other golden statues, you may have tuned in to 60 Minutes tonight — which featured separate interviews with both Barack “You Didn’t Build That” Obama and Mitt “The 47 Percent” Romney. If you’re on the president’s side, you probably thought that Obama knocked it out of the park and Romney totally whiffed. If you’re all in for the former governor, you probably thought that Romney scored a touchdown and Obama missed the basket entirely. (That’s a football thing, right?) And if you’re still undecided, you’re probably wondering what oil is, exactly.

Though both candidates were pressed to answer tough questions — “why aren’t you more specific about your policies?” “Are you to blame for failed policies?” “Seriously, what is oil?!” — neither said anything particularly surprising or earth-shaking… meaning that these interviews will do nothing but reinforce any given American’s already-formed opinions on the candidates. Want proof? I got your proof right here:


David Letterman: 'I don't hate Mitt'

In addition to alienating some of the 47 percent of Americans who he doesn’t consider part of his job to worry about, Mitt Romney also told a room full of wealthy donors that David Letterman “hates me” because he’s been on Jay Leno’s show more frequently. Letterman couldn’t resist responding to the secretly recorded speech, and he took a few minutes during last night’s show to reassure Romney that there are no hard feelings. Of course, such reassurance was expressed with typical Letterman impudence. “I don’t hate Mitt, and I think, now more than ever, he and his lovely wife Mrs. Mitt are more than welcome to come on the show,” Letterman said. “And I’m telling you, if you think you’re going to get to the White House, you have to spend time in this chair.”

Letterman also couldn’t resist lobbing a zinger at Leno: “I certainly don’t hate Mitt because he’s been on Leno’s show more; I mean why hate a guy who’s suffered through that.”

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