Although most of the pundit class has resoundingly panned President Barack Obama’s performance in his first televised debate opposite Mitt Romney, one supporter remains firmly in his corner — first lady Michelle Obama. In a recent roundtable discussion she admitted how nerve-wracking having to sit quietly and watch her husband debate can be. Huffington Post reports:
While President Barack Obama has acknowledged that his performance in the first debate failed to impress some voters, his wife said on Tuesday that she felt like the proud and nervous mother of an Olympian watching from the stands.
“When you watch the Olympics and you see all the gymnasts’ parents, that’s how I feel,” first lady Michelle Obama told a small group of reporters at a roundtable discussion in Leesburg, Va.
“But you cant gesture, you can’t yell, ‘GO BABY! Yes!’ They intimidate the hell out of you. So I’m just squeezing my hands, trying to make sure that I’m paying attention, because that’s the only instruction he gives — ‘Just look like you’re listening, that’s all I want.’”
The first lady said she disagrees with criticisms of her husband’s debate performance and could not be prouder of how he conducted himself.
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