Dear Mr. Obama,
Please get a chess tutor. Your recent debate indicated that you had planned a speech addressed to an opponent who would lay out an old game plan with immutable talking points.
A debate is not a speech. And for that matter, a good debater can win both sides of an argument. It’s a game of cunning and a showcase for stamina and wit. You need to learn to pull the cord on your plans when the opponent takes you by surprise. You’ve got to dance.
You need to appear confident even when you are not. Your mind will respond to your body language. Relax your mouth and relax your breath. The anger in your jaw became your depression when you turned it inward. Or am I projecting?
He was lying? Call it lies or couch it nicely, politicians lie and you knew this guy didn’t make millions closing business deals by showing all his cards to anyone.
Mr. President, throw away the speeches and speak from the heart and if your intentions are clear, if you are honest in speaking about what has stopped your progress, if you call your opponent out on specifics that you know, that you remember, that mean something to you, you might get a second chance.