President Barack Obama attempted to explain his poor performance during last week’s first presidential debate, saying he thought he was being “too polite” in dealing with Republican adversary Mitt Romney.
“I think it’s fair to say I was just too polite," Obama said in a phone interview with the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”
Obama admitted the loss, but said that it was just one battle in the longer war on the road back to the White House.
"The good news is, is that’s just the first one," he said. “I think it’s fair to say that we will see a little more activity at the next [debate].”
Obama maintained that “we’ve got the lead,” despite post debate polls indicating the contrary.
He then compared his position in the race to a basketball team that just lost the third game in a best-of-seven series.
“You know, you have a seven game series, we’re up two zero and we lose one,” Obama said.
“Yeah, but you had the open shot and you didn’t take it,” the radio host interjected.
“Yeah, I understand, but you know, what happens though is that when people lose one game, you know, this is a long haul,” Obama responded.
"By next week I think a lot of the hand-wringing will be complete because we're going to go ahead and win this thing," the president concluded.
According to a Gallup poll, 72 percent of viewers said Romney won the debate, compared to only 20 percent who said Obama. It was the biggest margin of victory Gallup has ever recorded.