DEKALB - The pressure's on
President Obama to make a better performance at Tuesday night's town-hall style
Dr. Ferald Bryan,
NIU communications professor who specializes in presidential rhetoric, says
President Obama lost his assertive edge during the first debate. He says Obama needs to bring back the Obama
of 2008, the one who had the energy and zeal to become president.
"Romney attacked on
the economy and lack of jobs," said
importantly for the first debate, looked the equal of the sitting President of
And image in a debate without podiums is everything. In a town-hall style debate, the candidates are walking around, sitting on stools - they get to show a bit more of their personality. But the ability to show more personality can also come back to bite the candidates.
That was the case in the 1992 town-hall style debate where President George H.W. Bush was about to answer a question about the recession where the camera catches him glancing at his watch, as if he were in a hurry to get out and was disinterested.
Another debate gaffe was when Vice President Al Gore made the choice to stand up and approach then Governor George W. Bush, while Bush was answering a question. It looked as if Gore was trying to physically intimidate Bush, but Bush laughed it off and it looked bad on Gore instead.
You can catch Tuesday night's debate on WTVO. Coverage starts at 8:00 PM.