Sitting presidents have a history of doing poorly in first debates as they tend to be too defensive. Ensuing debates, however, are entirely different. When the debate is about foreign policy, Obama will be talking about winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and about killing Bin Laden. What can Romney really say about foreign policy as he has absolutely no experience in that domain?
Obama may not have been at the top of his game last night but he made no serious gaffes whatsoever and that really matters. Romney is in the position of a fighter in a championship bout who had a very good 11th round after having fallen hopelessly behind. He still absolutely needs a KNOCKOUT to win and if Obama doesn't make any serious gaffes, he's just not going to get that knockout.
Romney did KO Obama. No candidate has ever suffered a more thorough defeat in a presidential debate. CNN had Romney winning with 67% of the sample.
You're also as always 100% wrong about sitting presidents' performance. Carter did well in the first debate, then was totally owned by Reagan in the second one, leading to a 20 point swing from the polls to the final result.
Can you possibly really be so out to lunch as not to realize that Romney will destroy Obama on foreign policy? His administration is responsible for the deaths in Libya, then blatantly tried to lie their way out of the disaster, making things worse for Americans in Egypt, Yemen, Pakistan & elsewhere. His precipitous withdrawal from Iraq handed the country over to Iran & his policies in Afghanistan have only emboldened the Taliban. You are an idiot.