President Elect Obama
|10.08.08 at 3:31 pm ET|
I’m not blogging from the beach, but I’m back to recap the debate last night between John McCain and President Elect Obama. For another look at last night take a look at JPod’s blog. Ladies and Gents, it’s over. Barack Obama used a forum most thought was best for McCain and was thoughtful, specific and engaging, while McCain looked old and didn’t connect with the 50 million Americans watching.
Obama has been accused by the right of speaking in generalities — well last night he couldn’t be more specific when talking about taxes and the bail out. McCain was equally as elegant when talking about Russia and Georgia and Israel, the only problem is that with the Dow falling faster then a Jason Varitek batting average, people care about one thing and that is the economy. No one cares about Georgia or Darfur.
Obama was the aggressor — many times linking McCain to George Bush and even bringing up 9/11 first, which you know upset the republicans who have been using it as propaganda for the last 4 years. Obama asked why we invaded Iraq — a country that had no link to 9/11 and had no WMD’s. A great question that the right will not answer — they talk about the surge working — if you send an additional 50, 000 troops to a war zone I think the probability that things will improve is pretty good. It doesn’t make up for the fact that we went to war with Iraq on nothing but lies from the Bush administration. I don’t blame anyone who supported the war back in 2002. No one, even the strongest GW Bush hater, would think the President of the United States would lie to the American people. Amazingly, that is what happened, but my friends on the right want to forget that.
My good friend Gerry Callahan loves to ignore the fact that we are spending over 10 billion dollars a year in Iraq when asked about cutting taxes. Quick question….how are we going to get the money for this? Gerry says cut, cut, cut. Well, it’s not that simple, in fact, the cost of living is going up, oil is going up (thanks Bush!) things cost more — if you want to get out of Iraq there is 10 billion dollars right there! If not, find me the money.
John McCain talks about bringing home our troops with honor. I believe it is honorable to bring them home from a war we should never have been in.
A few gafs by both — McCain is not funny, his two jokes didn’t go over well. He made a joke about his hair — feeding into the fact that he is 97 years old. The other joke about not appointing Brokaw to his cabinet didn’t go over well either. The GOP love to paint Obama as a Muslim, which of course he is not. But the way Obama says Pakistan — Pak-ee-stan — feeds into this right wing propaganda. He also struggled when talking about Georgia and Russia.
People will hear what they want to hear — but the truth is that Obama won this debate by a large margin. He was the aggressor and showed why he will be the next President of this great country. The McCain camp will not doubt get down and dirty now that they are in free fall. Lets see if their campaign follows the lead of Cindy McCain — who yesterday called the Obama Campaign the dirtiest of all time. Not a surprising comment from Cindy — John seems to surround himself with simple women like Cindy and Sarah Palin — while Barack is surrounded by smart, engaging, intelligent women like Michelle.
It’s over folks, we will wake up on November 4th to President Elect Obama — and we are all better for it.
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