My smart sister Julie summed it up nicely in an email to our President today:
I am voting for you, and I'm doing all I can to get others to the polls to do the same. But I need you to step it up on the debate front, buddy. I know you're busy running the country and it's bullshit that you have to get up there and squabble against that smug little prick on a national stage, but this is part of it. You have to fight for us, who are fighting for you. Shoulders back! Eye contact! Get fierce! Remember who you are, Barack. We need you, we love you, we believe in you, and we know you're the best person for the job. Do you? Show us!
Shoulders back, Barack. You've got this.