Obama on debate: ‘I feel fabulous. Look at this beautiful day’

President Obama strolls on the grounds of the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. (REUTERS/Jason Reed)

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.  -- President Obama left a riverside golf resort in Williamsburg, Va., Tuesday morning for the short flight to New York for his second televised debate with Republican Mitt Romney, scheduled for 9 p.m. at Hofstra University on Long Island.

Before he left Kingsmill Resort, Obama made a brief public appearance for the cameras and reporters as he walked with advisers Anita Dunn and David Plouffe.

Obama was asked by a reporter,"How are you feeling about tonight?" He smiled and replied: "I feel fabulous. Look at this beautiful day."A reporter then asked: "Are you aware Michelle voted for you yesterday?" Obama's reply: "Thank goodness!" 

It was a reference to the news that the first lady had dropped her absentee ballot in the mail on Monday. The Obamas are registered to vote in Chicago; the president will travel there on Oct. 25 and cast his ballot in early voting.

Finally, a reporter asked Obama about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's statement that she bears responsibility for the violence in Libya on Sept. 11 that claimed four American lives, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

The reporter asked: "Is Hillary to blame for Benghazi?"

Obama was silent and kept walking. But we'll likely hear more on that question during Tuesday's debate.

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