By Amie Parnes - 10/16/12 03:34 PM EDT
President Obama said Tuesday he is feeling “fabulous” about the prospects of the second presidential debate — a far cry from before the first debate, when he described preparations as “a drag.”
During a photo-op with reporters just hours ahead of his face-off with GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Obama was much more upbeat about their second showdown.
Observers say Obama must perform well at the debate Tuesday night to avoid a second thumping by Romney. Both Republicans and Democrats accused Obama of having a listless, lackluster performance when he went up against the former governor during the first presidential debate two weeks ago. Even Obama acknowledged that he was “too polite” in the head-to-head match-up.
But advisers say Obama will be better prepared on Tuesday night. Appearing on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" on Tuesday morning, Robert Gibbs, who serves as a senior adviser to the Obama campaign, promised an “exceptionally strong debate performance.”
During the photo-op with reporters on Tuesday, when a reporter asked if he was aware his wife voted for him on Monday by absentee ballot, Obama relied: “Thank goodness!”
But he ignored a question from a reporter asking if Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump, GOP see gold in Clinton Foundation attacks 5 takeaways from Clinton's and Trump's finance reports Republicans confident in strong Trump early voting ground game MORE was to blame for the attacks in Libya last month. Clinton on Monday said she would take responsibility for security concerns in Libya.