And this was a substantive improvement because the unemployment drop was not a result of discouraged people dropping out of the job market:
The unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September, the Labor Department said Friday, from 8.1 percent in July, its lowest since January 2009. It is a surprising show of improvement in a job market that had seemed listless in recent months. Unlike in August, the number improved for the right reason: not because people gave up looking for jobs, but because far more people reported having one. source
Likewise, an ebullient Obama re-emerged out-of-his debate funk with a pep to his step:
Obama touted the report during a campaign event in Northern Virginia. “This morning we found out the unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest level since I took office. More Americans entered the work force, more people are getting jobs,” the president said during a rally at George Mason University. “Now, every month reminds us we’ve still got too many of our friends and neighbors looking for work, too many middle-class families struggling to pay the bills.” read more
Now back to the debate
I did not watch the debate live -- I saw highlights or should I say low-lights -- but I was very much concerned pre-debate on how Obama was going to perform for the following reasons:
- He has a very demanding day job -- President of the USA -- Romney's day job is one dimensional: become President; hence his debate practice can take place without World Crisis distractions.
- President Obama, great orator, is not a great debater. As I told someone close to me: Obama has a tendency to be dismissive and testy in this forum. Recall a 2008 primary debate with Hillary Clinton when looking down at his notes, Obama stated: You're likable enough Hillary.
- Plain old fashion rust: Romney is in better debate shape. After debate battling in the GOP primary for almost a year, Romney has honed his debate chops. Conversely, the president has not debated in over 4 years.
More on Gore
On the surface, I am sure many people will laugh at Al Gore's theory on how altitude may have effected Obama's debate performance. Many on the right will point out how wacky Al Gore can be. They will say, remember him stating: "I took the initiative in creating the internet"
But here's Mr. Gore's theory: