After a widely crit­i­cized per­for­mance in this week’s debate, Pres­i­dent Obama proved he’s not immune to the pit­falls of the modern pres­i­den­tial cam­paign cycle. But the pres­i­dent can take solace in a look back at his­tory: He’s hardly the first sit­ting pres­i­dent to flub the first debate of a gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign — and he wouldn’t be the first to win the elec­tion despite it, either.

According to Alan Schroeder, a pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and the author of “Pres­i­den­tial Debates: 50 Years of High-​​Risk TV,” the pres­i­dent joins a long line of incum­bent pres­i­dents — including Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and both Bushes — who essen­tially bombed their first time back in the ring.

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