The Debate 'Rope-a-Dope,' They Hope
Askia Muhammad | 10/10/2012, 12:14 p.m.
Some said that Obama was intentionally deferential to Romney out of concern that he might otherwise come off as an "angry black man."
"Within a certain segment of the U.S. population, there were those who were willing, and were hungry, for this idea that Mr. Obama would be put in his place, and of course I'm choosing my words carefully, because I do think there was a kind of antebellum overtone to that kind of notion," Dr. Horne said of the debate.
"Obama always has to walk a tightrope. If you look at recent history, you may recall that one of his calling cards as he was being catapulted into prominence as a national figure, was that he was a Black man who was slow to anger, who was not aggressive in the way that Black men are perceived to be aggressive, and that he has created this persona of likeability which in the end I think, will serve him well."
"So, I would imagine that Mr. Obama's handlers are quite sensitive to this perception of being overly aggressive against Mr. Romney's charges, but I would imagine that in this second and third debate that Mr. Obama is going to re-calibrate because the publicity has been so negative with regard to his performance ... that it's going to force a change in how he approaches these upcoming debates, and he's going to probably risk his likeability quotient in order to challenge Mr. Romney's evasions and misstatements and prevarications," Dr. Horne said.
That would be "Rope-a-Dope" parts two and three ... maybe.