By Bill O'Reilly
As you know, I am a simple man so I'm going to keep this memo real simple.
Last night President Obama helped his cause. But he did not damage Mitt Romney who held his own. Because Mr. Obama was on the ropes after debate one, he gained the most from last night's exposition.
Here is how it went down. Mitt Romney's best moment was this. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) MITT ROMNEY: This is a President who has not been able to do what he said he would do. He said that he would cut in half the deficit. He hasn't done that either. In fact, he doubled it.
He said that by now middle income families would have a reduction in their health insurance premiums by $2,500 a year. It's gone up by $2,500 a year.
The unemployment, the number of people who are still looking for work is still 23 million Americans. There are more people in poverty, one out of six people in poverty.
How about food stamps? When he took office, 32 million people were on food stamps. Today 47 million people are on food stamps.
How about the growth of the economy? It's growing more slowly this year than last year and more slowly last year than the year before. (END VIDEO CLIP) O'REILLY: Well, Romney delivered that message very well even though some of his stats can be debated.
The President's best moment came at the end of the debate when he finally brought up the Governor's 47 percent comment where he implied many Americans who support Barack Obama are not self-reliant and want stuff from the government. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) PRESIDENT OBAMA: Think about who he was talking about. Folks on Social Security who've worked all their lives. Veterans who have sacrificed for this country. Students who are out there trying to hopefully advance their own dreams but also this country's dreams. Soldiers who are overseas fighting for us right now. People who are working hard every day paying payroll tax, gas taxes but don't make enough income.
And I want to fight for them. (END VIDEO CLIP) O'REILLY: Mr. Obama said that in his closing statement so Mr. Romney could not reply, kind of sneaky but effective.
On the negative side, the President had two, two very weak moments.
Romney one. The Governor hectored the President over his energy policy. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) ROMNEY: In the last four years you cut permits and licenses on federal land and federal waters in half. OBAMA: Not true, Governor Romney. ROMNEY: So how much did you cut them by then. OBAMA: It's not true. ROMNEY: By how much did you cut by then? OBAMA: Governor we have actually produced more oil. ROMNEY: No, no how much did you cut licenses and permits on federal land and federal waters? OBAMA: Governor Romney here is what we did. There were a whole bunch of oil companies. ROMNEY: No, I had, I had a question and the question was and how much did you cut them by. How much did you cut them by. OBAMA: You want, you wanted me to answer. I'm happy to answer the question. (END VIDEO CLIP) O'REILLY: Now the problem with that sequence is that Romney did not look presidential. He looked like a cable news analyst. He should have simply presented the facts and let the chips fall.
Now, the President looked bad trying to answer Romney's question about why gas prices have more than doubled on his watch. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) OBAMA: He said when I took office the price of gasoline was $1.80, $1.86. Why is that? Because the economy was on the verge of collapse, because we were about to go through the worst recession since the Great Depression. As a consequence of some of the same policies that Governor Romney is now promoting. (END VIDEO CLIP) O'REILLY: Are you kidding me? The President believes gas prices were lower because of the bad economy? If that's the reason why has the price at the pump risen so much? The economy is still bad. This doesn't make any sense. Totally bogus answer as was Mr. Obama's reply to this question. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)