Romney was calm and polished. Obama was fidgety and frequently had a petulant look on his face. Romney brought facts and statistics while Obama just wandered off-topic, almost rambling at times. It looks like four years of never being challenged by critics or the media and never having to talk to anyone other than a friendly talk-show audience or vetted media pool just bit him in the ass. Obama was unprepared and uncomfortable dealing with a one-on-one debate format and I'm thinking that it was probably a good thing that he skipped all of those meetings with foreign dignitaries to appear on The View last week; most of those other leaders would have eaten him for lunch if last night was really a true indication of his abilities to field anything other than softball questions without a teleprompter.
Verdict: Romney took it away, and even Obama's fanbois and water-carriers are admitting as much today. My dad and I would normally have been discussing this debate over breakfast at a nearby Coney Island diner in other times, and I know that he'd have been as pleased as I was by Romney's competence and Obama's flailings.