Expectations are high for President Obama to not act like a sloth on Quaaludes working as a key grip on a Ken Burns documentary during tomorrow night's debate. Robert Gibbs, the former White House Press Secretary and current Obama campaign advisor assured TV viewers yesterday that the president was well aware of how much he sucked during the first debate, and that he has to be more "passionate." "He knew when he walked off that stage and he also knew as he's watched the tape of that debate that he's got to be more energetic," Gibbs said, declining to address the rumors that the president refused to go to bed at a decent hour the night before because Legends of the Fall was on Cinemax.

The president's lead in national polling has largely been erased since the debate (though he remains ahead in several swing states), mainly because every voter who previously ignored State of the Union addresses, major foreign policy speeches, appearances on late night variety shows, and any sort of public policy initiative or anything that isn't How I Met Your Mother or saving up for one of those big, shiny watches with the giant faces, tuned into the first debate. 67.2 million people watched it, beating out every other TV program this year except the Super Bowl.

If there's one thing that favors the president tomorrow at Hofstra University, it's the town hall format. "He’s done his share of town halls, but a town hall when you’re debating is different than a town hall that’s yours,” a Romney advisor told Real Clear Politics. Indeed, with 70 million viewers, it makes little sense to guess the questioner's ethnicity or make awkward comments about how young someone's daughter—wait, sorry, wife—looks.