Al Gore blames Obama’s lackluster debate on Denver’s altitude and lack of oxygen.
The laughs are now beginning since Al Gore made the statement, and although he blames altitude and oxygen, most Democrats aren’t buying it and are not pleased with the debate.
By almost all accounts, Obama lost the first presidential debate, held Wednesday night at the University of Denver in Colorado, to Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Pundits said “he choked,” and some went so far as to question whether his performance will cost him the election. Many noted Obama’s unorthodox demeanor. Chris Matthews asked, “Where was Obama tonight?!”
Still, Gore does not think Obama should be to blame for his lackluster debate. He thinks it may have been the altitude, according to the Huffington Post.
During a post-debate analysis on Current TV, Gore questioned if Denver’s environment had something to do with the president’s flop.
“I’m going to say something controversial here,” Gore started, “Obama arrived in Denver at 2 p.m. today, just a few hours before the debate started. Romney did his debate prep in Denver. When you go to 5,000 feet, and you only have a few hours to adjust. I don’t know… Maybe.”
Current TV host Cenk Uygur interjected saying he came in from Los Angeles and was able to just guzzle some coffee, but comedian John Fugelsang did not think Gore’s theory was that far-fetched.
“It’s really different. The first time I ever did stand-up in Denver I had the same exact effect,” Fugelsang said. “I flew in that day and when your lungs aren’t acclimated to that kind of air, yeah, it makes you drawn, it makes you off. The president had an off night.”
Denver, nicknamed the Mile High City with an altitude of 5,280 feet, does have 17 percent less oxygen than cities at sea level, the Denver Post reported in a piece about preventing altitude sickness. Symptoms of altitude sickness include shortness of breath, throbbing headaches and fatigue. Many people, however, are unaffected by altitudinal changes.
Altitude sickness is a proven illness, but to use it as an excuse for Obama’s poor performance is laughable.