before i share my observations of tonight's presidential debate i should point a few things out. i consider myself an independent. i have historically voted for both republicans and democrats, depending on the year and the issues. i am not politically minded at all. i am not passionate about it. i admittedly do not have a thorough understanding of all of the issues/ins and outs/etc. i am married to a passionate republican and am friends with several passionate democrats and republicans. i hear, from both sides, their ideas and arguments for their respective candidate.
i say all of this because i think it is important, before reading my observations, that i went into this as unbiased and neutral as probably anyone i know. i had no preconceived ideas.
having said that--here are my observations:
i was really bothered by the fact that obama kept referring to mccain as john while mccain referred to obama as senator obama. i think obama showed disrespect in doing so and i think it was planned.
i think obama seemed more flustered and angry than mccain.
several times obama called mccain by the wrong name; he caught himself, but still, twice he did it.
i was working crossword puzzles while watching it so i listened rather than watched and just based on voice inflections, etc. obama sounded unsure and nervous. mccain sounded (the tone and quality of his voice) like reagan.
in my opinion mccain came off as more confident and more qualified.
i think the vp debates are going to be ugly. very ugly. i do not think palin will do as well as mccain did.
today i could not help but be reminded of the last season of west wing (go ahead, laugh, in my rose-colored glasses world, politics would be like the west wing and matt santos would be our new president). anyway, i am reminded of jed Bartlet calling santos and vinnick into the oval office during the final days of their campaigns and telling them the country was about to go to war. he was laying a huge problem in their laps, one that one of them, as president, would have to deal with and solve. much like bush is getting ready to hand a huge problem over to obama or mccain. i am also reminded of the awesome debate between santos and vinnick--a REAL (ok, yes it was tv but in my idyllic world it was awesome) debate where the nominees actually talked to each other and the rhetoric was gone and it was two people and their issues. i wish tonight's debate would have been more like that.