HEMPSTEAD, NY – It was the event that had the entire nation on its feet.
Prexy II, starring Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, with special appearance by the Big Rock Candy Crowley Mountain.
The two contestants for the Oval Office came out of their respective corners ready to rumble and to see who would draw first blood in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University.
But, several times the town hall-style debate between contenders for the title of Leader of the Free World . . . and Beyond looked more like a couple of playground bullies hurling taunts at each other.
At times, the real event was stranger than fiction.
(Romney) “Let me mention something else the President said, and it was a moment ago and I didn’t get a chance, when he was describing Chinese investments and so forth.”
(Obama) “Candy, hold on a second.”
(Romney) “Mr. President, I’m still speaking…”
(Crowley) “I’m sorry.” ……. “Go ahead and finish Gov. Romney, if you could make it short. See all these people? They’ve been waiting for you. Could you make it short?”
Democrats and Republicans anxiously waited for the other guy to make a goofy comment, and neither side was disappointed, like when Romney was talking about the novel way he added more women to his cabinet when he was governor of Massachusetts:
“I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men. And I went to my staff and I said how come all the people for these jobs are all men? They said well, these are the people that have the qualifications. And I said well gosh can’t we find some women that are also qualified? And so we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women’s groups and said can you help us find folks? And they brought us whole binders full of women. I was proud of the fact that after I staffed my cabinet and my senior staff that the University of New York in Albany did a survey of all 50 states and concluded that my mine had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state in America.”
And, of course, that set the Internet ablaze with tweets, Web pages, and binders full of women.
But the president had his share of goofy moments, like when they started comparing the size of their ‘P’ word:
(Romney): “Mr. President, have you looked at your pension? Have you looked at your pension?”
(Obama): “You know, I don’t look at my pension. It’s not as big as yours.’
Proving once again . . . something . . . but we`re not really sure.
A CNN poll showed people who actually watched the debate scoring it as a split decision, with the president winning on style points, but Gov. Romney with a double-digit advantage on the issues, such as the economy.
A preliminary event to the main bout came outside the Hofstra arena where police arrested Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her female running mate. They tried to get inside the arena, but didn`t have proper credentials.
Next time they might consider showing up in a binder.