1. I love my President. I especially love him when he’s confident and on his game:
2. In contrast, there was this one – I loved the tension of this moment. Romney’s very very used to being the Alpha Male. Obama is very very good at correcting that presumption here. I know I just bemoaned the media coverage of the Veep debate ignoring the substance, but there really was some fascinating body language going on on that stage tonight.
3. Not from the debate, but I just saw this tonight. It made me cry, in the “Wow, the arc of of history really does bend toward justice” way. I love that in the last two decades we’ve gone from candidates completely ignoring the LGBT community, to this:
4. The fact that Romney’s so gosh-darn proud to have asked “folks” to help him find qualified women, and they brought him binders full. Imagine that! Qualified Women! Enough to fill binders! Who’da Thunk?
5. The fact that Obama’s response to that was so awesome I have to quote it in its entirety, because YES to every single word of this. Equal pay doesn’t just affect women – it affects families. Birth control coverage doesn’t just affect a woman’s private life, it affects her career. Women aren’t a special interest group:
OBAMA: Katherine, I just want to point out that when Governor Romney’s campaign was asked about the Lilly Ledbetter bill, whether he supported it? He said, “I’ll get back to you.” And that’s not the kind of advocacy that women need in any economy. Now, there are some other issues that have a bearing on how women succeed in the workplace. For example, their healthcare. You know a major difference in this campaign is that Governor Romney feels comfortable having politicians in Washington decide the health care choices that women are making.
I think that’s a mistake. In my health care bill, I said insurance companies need to provide contraceptive coverage to everybody who is insured. Because this is not just a — a health issue, it’s an economic issue for women. It makes a difference. This is money out of that family’s pocket. Governor Romney not only opposed it, he suggested that in fact employers should be able to make the decision as to whether or not a woman gets contraception through her insurance coverage.
That’s not the kind of advocacy that women need. When Governor Romney says that we should eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, there are millions of women all across the country, who rely on Planned Parenthood for, not just contraceptive care, they rely on it for mammograms, for cervical cancer screenings. That’s a pocketbook issue for women and families all across the country. And it makes a difference in terms of how well and effectively women are able to work. When we talk about child care, and the credits that we’re providing. That makes a difference in whether they can go out there and — and earn a living for their family.
These are not just women’s issues. These are family issues. These are economic issues.
And one of the things that makes us grow as an economy is when everybody participates and women are getting the same fair deal as men are. And I’ve got two daughters and I want to make sure that they have the same opportunities that anybody’s sons have. That’s part of what I’m fighting for as president of the United States.
6. There are so many other parts I want to quote. His letting Mitt dig his grave deeper and deeper on the Benghazi attack. His asking for Candy Crowley to go to the transcript of his Rose Garden remarks to shut down Romney’s lie. His compassionate response on immigration. And the badass calm when Obama said, “And the suggestion that anybody in my team, whether the Secretary of State, our U.N. Ambassador, anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we’ve lost four of our own, governor, is offensive. That’s not what we do. That’s not what I do as president, that’s not what I do as Commander in Chief.” Stone cold; I half expected him to drop the mic as he walked back to his chair. Like I said, the body language here was amazing. The transcript’s pretty fabulous as well.
7. Because the Internet is a beautiful thing, it gave us this,
8. and this,
9. the debate in two minutes,
10. and finally, THIS: