Obama’s gestures are small, restrained and close to his heart at the beginning of the debates. I would like his gestures to be smoother and larger and sweep upwards so he would appear more confident.
As Obama talks about OBAMA Care his voice becomes more powerful again. The fuel for that energy is anger. That could work for him. A debater who shows controlled anger can communicate a powerful alpha presence to the television audience. Our limbic brain will follow the most powerful debater.
Now Romney is interrupting continuing to talk past his time. This is clear response to Obama sounding powerful. Romney has to win each round. His "over-talking" will appeal to the emotional viewer and seem rude and overbearing to the logical viewer.
President Obama's nonverbal response to this is great. He stays back and stands tall. He does not lean in and try to compete. He stays presidential.
Oh now Obama is getting mad as Romney discusses loans. He gives a sour, lemon mouth to Romney.
I am reading an overall excitement in Romney. He is energized by the fight.
Oh this is good. He is talking about how he spoke this way when he was running for office four years ago. That makes the viewer see Romney’s energy and optimism seem naive.
Now Obama is on a roll now he is ignoring the time limits rules. I love the large true smile when he was called on it. That smile was great. I want to see him do that when he says something positive, some action he will take if re-elected.
Obama is talking about board for health care. When Obama Care is fully implemented finally his gestures move up. He truly feels like Obama Care will work.
Romney’s replacement for Obama care - I still am struck by his energy. He seems charged. Highly caffeinated, rapid rushed speaking.
Romney rubs his eye when Obama calls him on the fact that his health care statement is just restating the law as it is now. First time in the debates I see Romney is shaken.
Romney is blinking rapidly and also showing his stress level is high.
Interesting Romney can't stand being beaten. He ignores the rules again and goes into his pat answer. Obama loses his win on that round. We see the irritation in his look to the moderator and his tight downward smile and his shaking of his head no and he looks down
Romney's blinking rate is increasing.
Obama needs to be very careful he keeps looking down. I know it is to stay contained and not showing his anger. But, that downward head can appear like he his hanging his head in shame, showing a lack of power.
Romney’s energy comes up as he talks about teachers. He is racing again. Did he get a quadruple expresso at Starbucks? This may work against his credibility. Ahhh it does bring it down when compared with Obama’s response. Obama has the wonderful power of the pause.
He speaks with confidence here.
Romney does a good job with his response. He does pause when he says his numbers. Romney’s shoulders go forward and his chest poofs up. He loves to go on the attack.
Romney at his close still has a lot of energy but I would've coached him to be a little bit slower and a little bit more purposeful. I would have advised him of the power of the pause.