“President Barack Obama has a new critic of his debate performance — himself,” AP writes. “Speaking at a celebrity-led fundraiser at the Nokia Theatre, Obama came on stage after performances by such singers as Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi and Stevie Wonder and remarks by actor George Clooney. He marveled at how they are able to perform flawlessly night after night and then said, quote, ‘I can't always say the same.’”
“Aides to President Obama said on Sunday that Obama was disappointed by his own performance at last week’s debate with Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Denver,” the Boston Globe writes.
Robert Gibbs: “I think the president understood that he hadn’t performed up to his own expectations pretty quickly after he got off the stage that night.” He added: “Now that Barack Obama has had the opportunity to meet both Mitt Romneys, I don’t doubt that he’ll make some adjustments.”
David Axelrod: “The president is his harshest critic. And without getting into detail, I think you can assume that he has reviewed the tape, and it will inform how he handles these subsequent debates.”
USA Today: “It sounds like President Obama and his team will maintain their aggressive post-debate attacks on Mitt Romney, both about Romney's policies and the debate itself.”
“U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens wanted a Security Support Team, made up of 16 special operations soldiers, to stay with him in Libya after their deployment was scheduled to end in August,” ABC reports.
The same head of security told CBS the same thing. “Lt. Col. Andy Wood will appear this week at a House Oversight Committee hearing that will examine security decisions leading up to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi.” He said, “when he found out that his own 16-member team and a six-member State Department elite force were being pulled from Tripoli in August - about a month before the assault in Benghazi - he felt, ‘like we were being asked to play the piano with two fingers. There was concern amongst the entire embassy staff.’”