I watched the debate last night on CNN HD. I think that Obama faired better than McCain in the grand scheme of things, but it all depends on what debate you were watching. I can say that the presidential debate didn’t really get going until after they were done talking about the economy.
I think it’s too early for either of them to really have a grasp about what’s going with the bailout, since neither of them are involved with the negotiations. I do wish that they had had more of a sense of urgency, but I do appreciate that they wanted to have more information before taking action and making decisions.
The best part about the debate, was when Obama finally told McCain that he was wrong about Iraq. McCain couldn’t argue back.
I think that Obama was too nice, and I think that his constant gracefulness with “John is right about that, he and I agree…” I think that Obama could’ve said that less. I also feel that McCain was condescending, he kept trying to argue that Obama “didn’t understand” that Obama was showing his “naivete” and what have you.
I liked the part where McCain tried to show that he was more compassionate about the troops in Iraq because he had on a bracelet with a dead soldier’s name on it. I loved how Obama said “I have a bracelet too” I just wish he had said the name of the fallen soldier quicker.
I think that of the two, Obama looked more presidential. I think that McCain came across like your old relative that constantly wants to show you how you’re wrong and don’t understand this or that but really is just desperate for attention.
Regardless of what the media and the polls say, last night’s debate will do nothing to change people’s minds. People that are decided, are just that and last night’s debate just reinforces their decision to vote either way. The interesting part, will be to see what happens with the people that undecided.
Overall, my favorite part of the was watching what the analysts and the rest of the folks said after the debate was over.
Not surprisingly, Palin was nowhere to be found. She’s simply too much of a risk to put in front of a reporter to provide her point of view. The last thing McCain needed last night was another “Miss South Carolina” moment from Palin, so they did the right thing and kept her away from the media.
It was funny how the one McCain staffer was already misquoting and twisting what McCain said and then Joe Biden immediately came back with corrections and all of the reporters agreed with Biden.
It made me wonder if the McCain staffer had watched the same debate that I watched. That’s the beauty of spin I guess.