• He'll Do Just Fine: 5 Examples of Hilariously Confusing Pre-Debate Irony

    Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    Tonight's the big debate, and expectations couldn't be lower. (After days of Romney and Obama downplaying their strengths, pundits now agree the odds-on favorite is Gary Johnson.) But as the candidates go out of their way to talk up the competition, how does their rhetoric match up with what they've said in the past?

    Uh…

    On Oratory…

    "Candidate Obama's slogan in 2008 was 'Yes, we can.' His slogan now is 'No, I can't.'" – Mitt Romney on Twitter, 9/12/12. "The president is obviously a very eloquent, gifted speaker — he'll do just fine." – Mitt Romney, 9/25/12.

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    On Preparation…

    "Every few days [Romney] keeps on saying he's going to reboot this campaign or they're going to start explaining very specifically how this plan's going to work, and then they don't." – Barack Obama, 9/27/12. "Mitt Romney… has been preparing earlier and with more focus than any presidential candidate in modern history." – Jennifer Psaki, Obama spokeswoman, 9/27/12.

    On Work Ethic…

    "I must say I scratch my head at the capacity of the president to take four hours off on such a regular basis to go golfing." .– Mitt Romney, 4/18/12. "[President Obama is] up to speed everyday, because he deals with all these issues, federal issues everyday." – Sen. Rob Portman, 9/24/12.

    On Whether Polls Are Accurate…

    "I kind of hope the Obama campaign is basing their campaign on what the public polls say. We don't."  – Rich Beeson, Romney Political Director, 9/25/12. "Voters already believe – by a 25-point margin – that President Obama is likely to do a better job in these debates." – Beth Myers, Romney Senior Adviser, 9/27/12.

    On the Inherent Prestige

    Magically Radiated by Any Sitting President…

    "John McCain hasn't been a maverick. He's been a sidekick when it comes to George Bush's economic policies." – Barack Obama, 10/25/2008. "[Romney may get a bounce] just by being on the same stage as the incumbent." – Obama officials, Sept. 2012.

    See? It's like a Twilight Zone episode, only instead of an atomic holocaust or alien invasion, we've got two candidates who are saying positive things about each other.

    Somehow this feels even more disturbing.

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    Photos by John Gurzinski – Stringer and Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Barack Obama, Debates, Mitt Romney

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