As they entered the stage ,both candidates looked more friendly towards one another then they have before. They both had more genuine smiles. They did the power handshake where they grab one another’s arm as they shake hands, just as they di in all three debates.
When we first see Romney, he appears nervous as there is sweat on his upper lip and on his cheeks as he begins the debate. However, he is fluid and passionate in his tone .
When Obama speaks for Romney, Romney gets upset but smiles a tense smile and is fidgets as he defends himself. Then when Romeny speaks he shows a powerful presence as he says ” Attacking me is not an agenda. He speaks up for himself and doesn’t allow Obama to interrupt him or to misquote him.
For the first time Romney makes a frowning facial gesture as Obama speaks which expresses how negatively he feels about what Obama has to say concerning Syria. When Obama responds he sounds defensive. He still speaks for Romney instead of speaking for himself. Obama stammers and is very stacatto and goes off on tangents in his response while Romney is more fluid and fluent in his response .
Also Romney’s posture is more powerful looking with his more squared shoulders as opposed to Obama who’s neck is forward and shoulders more rounded. Obama’s posture appears to be a more submissive body language posture.
Romney is very passionate and emotional in his tone and delivery. When he gets to the point and mentions Israel and Poland and how the President was silent during the Iranian uprising
,Obama is very uncomfortable about this and swallows hard as you see his visible swallow. Obama doesn’t address these particular issues but circumvents as he speaks about other issues.
He shows anger by making a fist as he finishes his statement. Romney defends himself well as he enumerates and passionately discuses his five point program. Romney passionately defends himself well when discussing education.
Obama tries to interrupt and Romney refused to allow him and told Obama that he had his facts wrong when Obama said the program happened before he was in office. Out of character, Obama seems to follow in Biden’s shoes as he smiles while Romney discusses the military.
Uncharacteristic the Romney we have seen in the two previous debates, he now makes a second frowning gesture as Obama discusses the military. As Romney rattles off statistics about the military Obama swallows hard. He responds by putting Romney down by making a reference to bayonettes as he attempts to portray Romney as being out of date.
When Romney discusses Obama’s “Apology Tour” Obama squirms and there is obvious tension around his jaw. As he disusses how a President having to show strength Obama shows nervousness and swallows hard. In his response Obama looks down and stammers. When Romney tells how Obama traveled to the Middle East and how skipped Israel and how everyone noticed Obama didn’t respond directly. Instead, he circumvented and talked about how he went to the Holocaust museum when he was campaigning.
Romney refuses to answer a hypothetical question which shows his power and control. Romney is direct in discussing how Democratic senators wanted Obama to reduce tension with Israel. Obama ignores this and speaks about Bin Laden and uses an emotional story about a little girl who lost her father during 911.
When Romeny speaks Obama appears to be very attentive and genuinely interested in what Romeny has to say. In his final statement,
In his final statement, Obama Looks into camera which is good. The Pitch of voice goes up lots of extraneous movement showing tension and nervousness. He is more fluid in his speech than he usually is and does not hesitate like he usually does. But he uses too many gestures which are distracting , many which are incongruent with what he is saying. He points at the end which is not good and also he frowns throughout his message.
In Romney’s final statement, he looks directly into the camera. His expression is positive and encouraging. He doesn’t gesture that much and when he does his gestures maje sense in terms of being congruent with what he is saying. He has a more pleasant expression. He is more passionate in his tone and inflection as well as in his facial expression. His posture was strong and confident with shoulders squared and head up.
This was by far the best performance by Obama and a continuation of a great performance by Romney, I would say that both candidates held theit own. Unlike the last debate, it was more comfortable to see a non angry Obama who was more poised and in control. It was also good to see a passionate and inflected Romney. They should both be proud of their performances.