WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Hours before a crucial debate, President Obama tried to flash some confidence and calm for the cameras.
"I feel fabulous. Look at this beautiful day,” Obama said as he strolled under blue skies at the Virginia resort where he has been preparing for his faceoff with Mitt Romney.
The president has been largely out of sight since Saturday, when he arrived here for three days of intensive debate preparations. After a lackluster performance in the first debate two weeks ago, advisors say Obama needs a strong performance Tuesday night to block Romney’s growing momentum. They have created a crowded schedule of mock debates and briefings for the president.
Asked by reporters about his wife casting her vote for him by absentee ballot Monday, Obama answered: "Thank goodness!"
The campaign said the president will take advantage of early voting and cast his ballot in Chicago on Oct. 25.
Obama, who walked with advisors Anita Dunn and David Plouffe, did not answer a question about whether Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton bears responsibility for the death of four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, in the attack by dozens of armed men on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya last month.