The president barely got a passing grade in debate prep, administration aides told The New York Times. Distracted by other responsibilities, Obama offered erratic performances as he geared up, appearing by turns energetic or insensate, White House aides said. Obama’s mind was elsewhere during one cram session after a memorial service held for the Americans killed at the consulate in Benghazi, and several other sessions were either canceled or cut short. The president’s reelection campaign has been in crisis mode since Obama turned in his moribund performance, and is preparing for the vice presidential debate on Thursday.
DUNCE Chip Somodevilla