The Grandfather vs. the Grouch

Mitt Romney of course won the debate last night, though the bigger question is whether he can win what really matters–the election. We aren’t electing a debater-in-chief but a commander-in-chief.

Still, the former Massachusetts governor was far superior to the president in command, nimbleness, and demeanor. President Obama seemed lost and irritated when his shallow talking points from the campaign stump were met with cold, hard facts.

I loved seeing Romney’s mirthful looks when the president attempted to spew his misstatements; the Republican looked like a kindly grandfather who was taking it upon himself to set the young whippersnapper straight. But it was Mr. Obama, the younger man, who looked tired, old, and grouchy, and Romney who looked energetic and ready to go 15 more rounds.

The president was truthful on at least one point this week, however: Romney is the better debater.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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