The third presidential debate was a reminder of Obama's obsession with history and how he views himself within itby James McAuley / October 23, 2012 / Leave a comment
Last night’s debate—the third and final bout of sparring between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney before the election—was a victory for Obama. In the conversation on foreign policy, he was aggressive, assiduous and articulate. Two weeks before 6th November, he came across like the president he is.
For entertainment value, he slipped in a few memorable one-liners that skewered Romney’s efforts to position himself as a centrist in these final weeks. “Governor,” the president said, referring to Romney’s recent declaration that Russia poses the most significant geopolitical threat to the United States, “when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s.”
And then, of course, there was Twitter’s favorite jibe, in which the President explained to Romney why the US navy has fewer ships now than it did in 1917. “Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.”