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Jim Lehrer

I Felt Kinda Disrespected

10/4/2012 3:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jim Lehrer made it clear to TMZ ... he's well aware he was treated like a doormat by President Obama and Mitt Romney during Wednesday's Presidential debate.

Our camera guy asked Lehrer at Reagan National Airport, "Do you feel you were disrespected by President Obama and Governor Romney?"

Lehrer responded, "I didn't expect much. I didn't have a lot of expectations." Translation -- doormat.

And, of course, we also asked him about the demise of Big Bird.

BTW, Lehrer issued a statement saying part of his mission was to stay out of the way of the flow.  Mission accomplished.

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Keira    

They must respect animals as much as humans no matter what! :)

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561 days ago
62.

Truth    

Romney slapped Obama around like a tennis ball. Obama cult members are in total denial.

561 days ago
63.

Cindy    

Lay off Lehrer....he couldn't clap his hands at the president to make him stop. He did what he could. It's like this every year.

561 days ago
64.

Lovingit    

If you want to see the sum total of Obama's performance in the debate last night do a search on you tube for "Obama Uh":
I'll take the work out of it for you:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=819q62ZMYVk

Obama's failure in debate had nothing to do with Lehrer -- Obama did it to himself.

561 days ago
65.

Al Loftis    

I felt that Romney was most disrespectful and was determined to get the last work in no matter his time limits. Romney distorts facts and lies so much he cannot tell what the truth is. The American People are more wise to him than he may think.

561 days ago
66.

tgrfan42069    

whaaaaaaaaaaaaa whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa booooooooo whoooooooo romney destroyed our savior last night in the debate.its the moderator and big birds fault

561 days ago
67.

AC    

TMZ has been twisting words into peoples mouths recently. It needs to stop. It's false reporting...

561 days ago
68.

spookyaction    

Jim Lehrer made it clear to TMZ ... he's well aware he was treated like a doormat by President Obama and Mitt Romney during Wednesday's Presidential debate.Bull ****!! He didnt make anything clear he didnt say anything and certainly not "treated like a doormat by President Obama and Mitt Romney during Wednesday's Presidential debate." Give me a break you guys are losing my respect!!

561 days ago
69.

NOT ELMO    

LindSick LowHand For President!....

561 days ago
70.

char    

Dont know what debate some of you watched that are complaining. Obama spoke over 4 minutes longer than Romney in the debate and that was timed by CNN(liberal media) cable station. Romney explained his plans considering the time frame he had to answer. Thought the moderator did a good job in letting them debate it out instead of interrupting. Obama was the one who went on and on and took time away from Romney by doing so, check the facts Obama went almost 5 minutes longer in time than Romney did, check that with your CNN liberal station. God forbid if Romney had gone 5 minutes over Obama. Just from the excuses we're hearing now even with Obama taking extra time ,trashing Lehr,altitude problems cause Obama had just flown in 2 hours before,claiming back men can't show aggression,(which I might add Obama never had a problem before just ask Hillary in her debates with him , or Jesse Jackson,Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakan,Black Panthers, Rev Wright,etc etc they don't seem to have a problem being black men and showing aggression. Obama didn't have the media or his teleprompter or his crowds of supporters who have protected him and he actually had to answer questions without them. Obama had to answer questions from Telemundo a few weeks ago and stuttered ,hemed and hawed,he's not use to having to answer for himself. He's great in speeches and on the stump because he can spew out whatever he wants and nobody can challenge him and the media covers for him.Its time the media starts reporting honest and unbiased news about Obama and stop covering up for him.

561 days ago
71.

Michael Kuhne    

pOOR LITTLBABY WHINEY LIBS! You get all frustrated because your god, obamanation didn'''t win the debate!! Romney is no fool like the rest of the sheeple media.

561 days ago
72.

Katz    

I thought it was great. They were allowed to clear some of the lies that the Dems and Libs and have telling. That's the only way they can win is by lying to people. Romney called Obama out on all those lies and Obozo stood there like a complete idiot! He doesn't even know his own policies! The man may be likable, but president material NOT!

561 days ago
73.

Ave Joe    

Lets face it..
Lehere is a what? Just another News person..They Try to Think of themselves as something more, but actually, they Don't Make the News, they Just Report it..

And when you get a Career to Make Decisions? Then You can get Respect.. Until them, your just another Follower and do as your Told..

Lehere was trying to Control the 2 Men that Run this Country..nd got Put in his Place..

561 days ago
74.

VICKI    

HOW ABOUT POOR MICHELLE WALKING ON STAGE WITH HER BITTER EXPRESSION. WOULDN'T WANT TO BE IN THE LIMO RIDE BACK TO THEIR LUXURY RIDE ALL THE WAY BACK TO DC. NO ANNIVERSARY DINNER IN AN EXPENSIVE RESTAURANT THAT NIGHT

561 days ago
75.

Jake    

Lehrer ran a good debate other than he allowed obama to preach about 14 minutes more than his share of the time, by measured clock.
This is the only kind of debate I want to hear.
I don't want to have questions posed one at a time by far leftist commie type moderators that slant their softball questions to the democrat and pose unanswerable questions to the conservative.
Lehrer did a good job other than the time.

561 days ago
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