If President Obama lost Bill Maher, you know he lost the debate.
On television and on Twitter, President Obama’s most fervent liberal backers in the media lamented the president’s performance in the first presidential debate in Denver, Colo.
“i can’t believe i’m saying this, but Obama looks like he DOES need a teleprompter,” liberal comedian Bill Maher, who donated $1 million dollars to a pro-Obama super PAC, said in a tweet.
“Obama made a lot of great points tonight. Unfortunately, most of them were for Romney,” he said in another tweet.
Liberal MSNBC host Chris Matthews, who once declared he had a tingle go up his leg from merely listening to a speech from President Obama, had a similar assessment.
“What was Romney doing tonight, he was winning,” Matthews declared. “If he gets five more of these nights, forget it.”
Matthews’ colleague, liberal MSNBC host Ed Schultz, agreed.
“I thought he was off his game,” Schultz said of the president.
Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore had something of a hissy fit on Twitter over the president’s performance.
“He couldn’t say ANY of these words: ‘47%’ ‘BainCapital’ ‘FlipFlop’ ‘Bush’ ‘Detroit’ ‘Women(&women’s issues)’ Fire all debate consultants now,” Moore tweeted.
“lemme get this straight. You can send in drones that kill civilians, but you can’t stop Romney or Lehrer from interrupting you?,” he complained in another tweet.
“Is Bill Clinton coming in to sub for the next quarter? O! Wake up! Attack! That is not john McCain over on that podium!” he also tweeted earlier in the debate.
Liberal Daily Beast writer Andrew Sullivan also saw the president’s performance as disastrous.
“Look: you know how much I love the guy, and how much of a high info viewer I am, but this was a disaster for Obama,” he tweeted.
Sullivan even suggested Wednesday night’s performance may have lost the election for the president.
“How is Obama’s closing so fucking sad, confused, lame? He choked. He lost. He may even have lost election tonight,” he tweeted.