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Obama back to -- Al Gore blamed president Obama's disastrous debate performances in November on the altitude -- my next guest says something was definitely up.
Well Bob Woodward thinks that maybe the president received some troubling news that day and it appears there might be some truth to that theory because according to the Washington examiner.
There is a major donor scandal story that the Obama campaign is trying to suppress and the story reportedly involves oversees campaign contributions joining me now.
The author of the New York Times best seller the price of politics Bob war group Woodward is back.
Before we get into that part of the story you save his performance was -- bad.
That it's worth explaining.
I found I found your comments are very interest.
A wet well two and -- -- months ago I interviewed Obama in the oval office for an hour and a half.
Went through very tough questions about his negotiations.
With the Republicans on -- financial and debt in deficit issues.
He answered he gave his side he gave his defense.
The other night in this debate it was it was almost like there were two channels going in his mind one.
The debate any answering in the way he did which just didn't fit together and then.
When he was looking down.
It's almost like something else was deeply worrying him now I don't know that.
You know why would he be.
So out of it in clearly one of the most important political -- That is why it's it's it's it's a really good question.
I think one I think it was a little shocked because Mitt Romney looked them dead in the -- Was very deep in the facts I mean as it was just the opposite John McCain and in the McCain debates it was Obama looking McCain -- the -- And McCain looking down are looking out at the crowd so very different in terms of just the body language and then on substance.
Romney was very knowledgeable crossed the border every question.
And was -- take the president on I don't think he's used to that.
That now it its its -- -- bad.
What Romney was doing and that's what troubled him and if you you step back a little bit what Romney did.
He presented -- theory of the case for being president in his theory is what do you would you would agree with this a lot of people would disagree with that.
Let's get the government.
Out of your life.
Is much as possible west Texas less regulation.
Less government spending -- the second thing Romney -- -- which was really important he said look I have a history.
Of bipartisan cooperation I've worked with Democrats.
I did this in Massachusetts have you talked to Democrats in Massachusetts.
They -- Romney was a very good.
Governor that they could work with it.
May be Obama saw this because the significance of of the last three and a half years.
In the Obama presidency.
Is there was never cooperation.
Are rarely cooperation.
No are very few bipartisan agreements the only time they did something.
Was when they brought Joseph Biden in to negotiate with the -- public and so men may be.
Obama's sense that but but I'd I don't know anywhere and -- say it's worthy to investigate.
-- one theory I -- and I want to ask you one more question about your theory is I would also -- six trillion in debt very hard to explain away I would argue that.
You know -- 2012 economically is worse than 2011 which was worse than 2010.
Unemployment and -- twelve.
Fewer jobs in this year than last year than the year before so things are trending down obviously.
That's troubling for the present terms of trying to defend it.
But back to your theory if this if he was so bad that this something else going on.
That could be troubling in and of itself you know we need presidents that are strong -- what Bill Clinton is critical as I was star Monica Lewinsky.
You've got to hand it -- his ability to compartmentalize.
Do his job deal with impeachment.
Pretty amazing in terms of the skill level and as ability to handle that it's.
As steel will this survivor there's no question about that I mean maybe it's it's it's worth looking -- but you you're on with Karl Rove and it's it's great that.
Here -- Karl Rove out there again I used to go talk to him during the bush years any roll out the statistics in the arguments and he's a good -- case.
And this business of the unemployment numbers.
You know it is that it friend.
-- look at it two ways give no comfort.
To that hands of millions of people are unemployed underemployed.
Taken themselves out of that job market.
In in this the second thing is it.
The I think and I think the average -- is sitting here asking the question.
What's the plan.
To fix it what's the -- -- are we gonna do this and when -- in there are holes in Romney's case but the other night he made he case he said.
I'm gonna get the economy going this is how I'm gonna do it lots of people are going to debate that but.
No plan and the key issue of -- slowly and and now he's got a problem fewer jobs again.
Less than 2011 -- when he can.
You know that.
Government growth expanding but anyway Bob congratulations on the success of the book and we always love having you back thanks for being with us.
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