The consensus take from the first Presidential debate of the 2012 election was a resounding Romney victory. Governor Romney was polished, sharp, had his facts straight and was aggressive. While President Obama fumbled, resorted to talking points, had the body language of someone who knows he is beaten, and at one point asked Jim Lehrer to go to the next question - ala the infamous Roberto Duran - 'No mas' fight.
I think a factor in this outcome that has not been discussed much is that this is probably the first time in about four years that President Obama has really been challenged. President Obama is, when properly accessorized with a teleprompter - eloquent, quick and quite funny. However he is, when he'll give a press conference - surrounded by a fawning mainstream media. He's not had to defend his positions and now his poor record to anyone with conviction. In this regard the swooning media has left President Obama overconfident and soft - and it showed. All the while Governor Romney survived a brutal primary race, that left him battle tested and prepared him for this matchup.
You'll see better from the President next time, but it will be interesting to see how the President tries to escape his failed record. Appointment television to be sure!