Pre-Debate Ritual

Sep 26, 2008 4:18pm

ABC’s John Berman reports: In 2000, the first presidential debate in Boston was one of the events that may have helped determine the outcome of the election (along with a few chads and some judges.) 

It was widely agreed that then-Governor George W. Bush came out looking better merely because he didn’t sigh as much as then-Vice President Al Gore.  What kept Bush sigh-free for such a crucial 90 minutes?  How did the then-governor of Texas get ready for confrontation? 

Well, when the going got tough, George W. Bush got rubbed.  That’s right, the wise-cracking, self-styled western governor, liked a good massage from a Maine specialist before the debates.  Guess it worked for him.

For the record, aides to Barack Obama say he will NOT be getting a massage before tonight’s show.

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