A different Obama shows up at Denver rally

President Obama speaks during a campaign rally at Sloan's Lake Park on in Denver. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

DENVER — A day after his subdued debate performance, President Obama delivered a feistier critique of Republican nominee Mitt Romney, telling 12,000 supporters on Thursday that his rival had misrepresented his positions because “he does not want to be held accountable.”

Obama said the “very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney” on stage at the University of Denver was an impostor who suddenly was dancing “around his positions” on tax cuts, education and outsourcing.

“It couldn’t have been the real Mitt Romney,” Obama told 12,300 supporters at Sloane’s Lake Park, “because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country all year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts to the wealthy, but the fellow on stage last night did not know anything about that. The real Mitt Romney said we do not need any more teachers in the classroom, but the fellow on stage said he loves teachers, can’t get enough of them.”

The crowd appeared to appreciate the president’s directness. One man yelled out “Liar!” when the president said Romney was not coming clean on his record on outsourcing jobs while heading Bain Capital.

And Obama even delivered a zinger, mocking Romney’s statement during the debate that he would eliminate government funding for PBS, even though he likes Big Bird.

“Thank goodness someone is getting tough on Big Bird,” he said. “We didn’t know that Big Bird was driving the federal deficit.”

“And Elmo!” someone shouted.

“Elmo too,” the president replied.

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