posted by Sara at 10:36 PM
I think McCain won only because we expected so little from him.I think Obama did well.. but he needs to do better.
Would it be wrong for me to suggest that Bill and Hill give Obama a few debate lessons before the next one?
Did you notice that McCain never looked directly at Obama?
Christy, he definitely needs some pointers!
McCain kicked Obama's butt... Obama looked like a spoiled bratt who kept interrupting when he didn't like the bashing he was getting.If this is all Obama has, I'd start looking for property in Costa Rica now...
McCain couldn't look at Obama - he can't turn his head to the left. Seriously. I think they should have been on the reverse sides.
S. I agree. That was extremely poor planning on the part of the organizers. But he made NO effort to connect with Obama. None. Obama DID make an effort.
I want to watch the VP debates. Damn. I tried to type that with a serious expression but it didn't work.
S. the veep debates promise to be great entertainment. On both sides.
mccain looked like a big jerk who was being exposed for the crappy things he has done, and all he could do was shake his head and laugh it off. obama was so calm during this debate and didn't let his emotions flood him. im proud of him for that. he seemed strong, and confident in himself. he needs debate practice, but let's remember that part of what we love about this man is that he's not like everyone else. he's a different kind of leader, a new approach to washington, a better choice for our country. i think he showed that.
I think Obama showed that he neeeds practice and being the President of the United States is not where you "practice." You have to be ready once you take the oath. Maybe in 4 years, but not now.And what is with the "John" instead of "Senator McCain" he should at least respect the man in a formal setting. Is this the mistakes he will make when talking to other world leaders? Yes, he needs practice, lots of practice....
I think Obama did okay- but I think he missed so many opportunities. he is not a great debater. he does need some serious practice with bill and hill. I thought mccain looked stiff - doesn't matter why he looked stiff, most people will see old man, not POW. I hope.There was a bunch of fact checking done on the speech and McCain was lying through his teeth.but will it matter?
[Side note: Sara--recently found your blog. Love it! My grandmother was a suburban housewife in Auburndale as well (Melrose St), so it makes me smile to think of the lesbians infiltrating that lovely suburban enclave.]In re the debate--I actually thought Obama did extremely well. He's gotten SO much better, he was composed, clear, substantive, and forceful without being obnoxious. I think he did what he needed to do last night. He was in a tough place bc anything short of McCain having a meltdown was going to be perceived as McCain doing better than expected, and while M did pretty well, I think he also seemed like what he is: an old Senator who is better left roaming the halls of Congress.
I think it's really interesting that most pundits, this forum included though most aren't, seem think McCain won, or at least a tie. But I've seen two polls referenced in a news article which showed a significant majority think Obama won, and an unscientific internet poll with Obama ahead 62% to 35%.I wonder if the MSM's pro-McCain bias - every news article I see is all McCain, McCain, McCain (oh, and Obama responded by...) McCain, McCain - set up a situation where a lot of debate viewers thought Obama was clueless, so all he had to do was show up and compete to look like he was winning?
i found a rating where obama scored an A- and mccain a B-: http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/gradingthefirstpresidentialdebate. i think obama stumbled a few times but in the end definitely had the upper hand
I've talked with a few people today- most feel Obama won but missed a few moments.I guess I expected Obama to cream him. I want this clear cut. I don't want to imagine anyone could possibly vote for McCain.McCain, I know, would have appealed to my mother and people in her generation. You know, the folks that ALWAYS vote.and probably my sister in law but... I'll leave her be.We have to mobilize the younger voters.
Lisa... I live very close to Melrose- you must have gone to The Cove- best park ever, anywhere. right on the Charles River...
Yes, absolutely, my dad always used to take me to the Cove whenever we visited. It really is a great park!
I surveyed some people today, just asked 'em what they thought of the debate. Most of them said "Obama won." Then I asked them what network they watched. "Oh, I didn't watch it!"I'm left wondering how they knew who won.... The American electorate really needs a smack. Are people even paying attention? I think that's why polls are less accurate now. They poll "likely voters" but people are too lazy to go vote.It's frustrating.
I thought it was a draw. Obama missed several oportunies to slam McCain. Initially, I wondered if Obama was too celebral to take those oportunites, but my impression is he needs training from someone to talk off script. This debate was foreign policy. It was McCain's strength and his to win. He failed to show his dominance in the subject.
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