|Ben Brafman - Obama's 'flopsweat'|
One of his guests was Benjamin Brafman, the famous criminal defence attorney from New York who has had many famous people as clients (including Michael Jackson and Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
During the discussion, Brafman said that he watches people, because that’s his job as a trial lawyer. And while he was watching President Obama in the first presidential debate, he realized something.
A debate, he said, is not like a convention, where you are idolized. A debate is more like a gladiator fight.
And the crowd can sense when one gladiator “is afraid”.
“I sensed ‘flopsweat’”, he said.
It isn’t visible, but an actor understands when he is not doing well.
Brafman made a number of other points, as well. He believed that Obama caused himself damage in the debate. In an argument – one on one – you have to bring passion, and Obama did not do this. So Obama, said Brafman, did himself damage among swing voters, who want you to instill confidence in them that you won’t disappoint them if they swing towards you. Obama did not instill such confidence, in his view.
Brafman came to the debate thinking of Romney as robotic, and Romney humanized himself, whereas Obama spoke over his audience. Romney’s performance probably led to voters watching him saying: I understand Romney. I don’t understand what Obama is saying. I like Romney.