Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Presidential Debate: Obama Victorious; McCain Stages A Massive Creep-Out
Obama nailed the second presidential debate like a president should, while John McCain made a concerted effort to prove that he truly is as creepy and condescending as he seems to be. I’ve listed the criteria and areas of competition any beauty pageant judge would rely on, applied them to the debate and here you go:
Obama: During the latest presidential debate, Obama was able to offer real solutions to problems in the US. He explained McCain’s health-care Ponzi Scheme like a pro. Obama set the right tone about Iraq, too. "When Sen. McCain was cheerleading the president to go into Iraq, he suggested it was going to be quick and easy, we'd be greeted as liberators," he said. "That was the wrong judgment, and it's been costly to us."
McCain: He made an ill-timed joke about hair-transplants and said, “I might need one of those myself.” There was something else about nailing Jell-O to the wall. Then there was the infamous “that one” remark. Ba-dum-bum, tinggg! No.
Obama: He nailed them. Nailed. Them. Nailed. My home was full of (somewhat) dignified arm pumping. Obama nailed the economy, health care issues, the wars, rebuilding infrastructure and foreign affairs. Obama made a point to speak directly to the people in the audience while respecting their space. Personal space is an issue for me. So is eye contact. Eye contact is good, but too much feels like a confrontation. Obama had the right amount.
McCain: He made me feel like he wanted to sell me a used car that was retrieved from the bottom of a river. “Flood schmud – we put in all new upholstery and sprayed it for mold. Buy now! Save later!” McCain also has no personal space restrictions. When the town hall folks asked questions, McCain got right up in their grills. I hate it when old guys do that.
Lifestyle and Fitness
Obama: Looks very healthy and fit, has a gorgeous wife and two adorable kids, takes care of himself and preferred standing up instead of sitting down. He’s tall, dark and handsome. Big ears? Too many teeth? I think he’s fine. Put him next to the other guy and you have Usher facing off with Gollum.
McCain: For a 72 year-old fellow who has survived cancer on multiple occasions and suffered a long time in a POW camp forty years ago, he looks better than one might expect. More years to you, sir. Thank you for coming.
Poise and Presentation
Obama: Standing up, sitting down, walking around the auditorium and speaking to people – very wonderful. He answered his questions fully and followed up on McCain’s misleading comments, time restrictions be damned. Barack Obama is not afraid of a stopwatch or real questions, because he knows what he is talking about. He wouldn’t think of asking McCain to kiss his black ass, but I did.
McCain: No poise, lackluster, disingenuous presentation and undeniably creepy.
Over the weekend, McCain accused Obama of befriending terrorists and promoting radical religious viewpoints. It is worth noting that McCain had nothing to say about either of those issues to Obama’s face, in front of millions of viewers.
FYI - CNN’s post-debate poll. Is it me, or do you see two little girls moving into The White House come January?