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The Presidential Debate

Ali de Bold

What did you guys think of it? Who did a better job?

I thought they both did really well. My reaction as a Canadian who admittedly hasn't done any prior research of my own, was that I wanted to hug McCain but I wanted Obama to protect me.

McCain has obviously lived through a lot and is very passionate and is - is it wrong for me to say - cute in a grandfatherly way? But Obama is so sharp and collected. He may be criticized for being so cool under pressure but I think the President of the United States should be that way.

I have a feeling the vice-presidential debates will be even more entertaining. Your thoughts?
Sep 27, 2008 @ 12:29 am

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On the one hand, I preferred Obama's cool-as-a-cucumber demeanor. McCain looked like he was going to have a heart attack for a while there. I don't know that I would want a President who was overly emotional because he/she is bombarded with stressful situations all day long.

On the other hand, there were points where I totally agreed with McCain's message (surprising, since I'm strongly leaning toward Obama). During the debate on when to end the war, withdraw troops, I grew tired hearing Obama go on and on about how he opposed it in the first place. Yes, you did and I agreed with you (still do). But the fact is, we need to look at where we are now. When you spill grape juice on a white carpet, you don't stand there berating the unfortunate offender about what a stupid idea it was to leave the kitchen holding a drink. Instead, you shake your head in frustration, then grab your spot remover and just clean it up. Seriously, Obama, it doesn't matter any more that you opposed it. The troops are already there, many battles have already been fought - we need to look to the road ahead. In my mind, Obama lost some big points with me on this subject.

After watching the ongoing pingpong match on the war, I got bored and stuck in a Bourne DVD. I should have watched the whole thing, but enough was enough ;)

I have a sick fascination for the veep debate, because I am really underwhelmed by both of them. I'll probably watch, but absorb with a mountain of salt. I really wish both candidates had picked different running mates, but that's as much as I'll say in the interests of not starting a rant on the subject.
Sep 28, 2008 @ 02:52 pm

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