The first presidential debate is only a week away, but the L. A. Times is laying the groundwork to explain a bad Obama performance in the contest.
In a September 26 article, L. A. Times writer Christi Parsons is already foreseeing the possibility of a rocky Obama performance. Her reason why Obama may under perform? He's busy.
As far as Parsons is concerned, Obama is at a disadvantage for the up coming debates because he is busy being president and has less time for debate practice than Romney.
"President Obama has blocked out three days to prepare for the October debates, but with the constant pressures that come with one of the world's most important jobs, aides worry he may not get enough practice at the podium," Parsons writes.
Parsons also quotes Obama’s aides as saying that they are trying to get him to be less professor-like and are trying to train him not to give such “long, substantive answers” to questions. Not only is he too busy to prep for the debates, he’s too smart for them, too.
With this groundwork laid, look for this to be the spin of the day should Obama underwhelm at the debates.