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 warns against Syrian refugees: 'A lot of those people are ISIS' Overnight Finance: Senate sends Puerto Rico bill to Obama | Treasury, lawmakers to meet on tax rules | Obama hits Trump on NAFTA | Fed approves most banks' capital plans Bush World goes for Clinton, but will a former president? MORE was to blame for the attacks in Libya last month. Clinton on Monday said she would take responsibility for security concerns in Libya.