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President’s first debate performance disappointed Democrats

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When Jay Cutler failed to finish a Bears-Packer's NFL Championship game, some die-hard Bears fans were bitterly disappointed, even questioning the quarterback's commitment to winning.

Political consultant Don Rose says many of President Obama's core supporters have reacted the way to his debate performance last week.

"We didn't know at the time that Jay was actually hurt, but our reaction was, he's given up and this is us, we're the Bears, and he took himself out of the game," political consultant Don Rose says.

Rose says he's heard from Democrats in Chicago and nationwide who feel betrayed, because the President they've supported let them down in the biggest game of the season. It started during the debate itself.

"I was with a group of people, and half of them were yelling at the television screen, you know, dummy, do this, say this, why didn't he say that," Rose explains.

Now that the debate appears to have sparked a Romney rebound, the sense of disappointment lingers.

"I don't know what he was thinking," says Obama supporter Nancy Plax. "If he was that arrogant, to say nobody's going to touch me, but he got a real taste of reality."

"I thought it was shocking that he was unprepared, or seemed unprepared, to be honest with you," said another Obama enthusiast, Will Ruiz.

Other Obama supporters, however, don't seem bitter. They just view the debate as a bump in the road to re-election.

"I think he's going to be fine," says Obama fan Michelle Atkins. "I think the second debate's going to make a turnaround of what's going to really happen."

"I can't watch it because I can't watch Romney," remarks Robbie Diamond when asked if he was let down by last week's debate. "I didn't see the debate."

Don Rose says he doesn't expect the sense of betrayal to change many votes. It's the core supporters who take it the hardest, and they're unlikely to flip sides. But, the president's puzzling performance, he says, has made Thursday night's vice presidential debate much more important if the president wants to slow down Romney's momentum.

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