I'm going to post here before reading any of the posts. Just going by the title, I'm assuming you're talking about the Forum last night.
I was actually quite impressed by both candidates. And I felt I got to know them both better, which was my goal.
It's certainly the best I've ever seen John McCain. He was alert, didn't fumble, had strong answers and he was also personable, funny and told
stories that appealed to the people. He didn't do that God-awful fake smile and seemed to be pretty genuine. For being John McCain, and the messes
I've seen him make, I thought he did very well.
His "negatives" were that he overused his phrase "my friends" and that he seemed to pander and stump far too much
for the forum. It seemed
to me that instead of answering from his heart, he said what he thought people would want to hear. And they did. He found ways to talk about his POW
story, and frankly, I'm sick of that. But it's what he's got.
As far as Obama, he was much more thoughtful and intellectual than McCain, which I'm sure appeals to his supporters. I, for one, was totally
impressed with his honesty and the fact that he answered the tough questions truthfully, even though he knew his views wouldn't be nearly as popular
as McCain's in this particular forum. I was VERY impressed with his views on working with other countries, the fact that he said he would
"confront" evil instead of the 4 answers the pastor gave to choose from. I'm just really impressed with his intellect and thoughtfulness.
His negatives were that he talked a lot. On the other hand, he gave complete answers with the rationale leading up to the answer. The "Uh-uh-uh" and
"I-I-I" thing he did bothered me. I'm not all that patient while listening. But my husband said he didn't even notice it.
I would have to say that for me, Obama was nearly perfect, because he came across as a strong, gentle man, who has brains and heart that I can really
McCain, on the other hand, seemed more like a friend of my dad's that might come over and joke with the kids, complement my mom and then go into the
den for cigars and drinks with my dad. Just not someone I could relate to at all.
I know the press are saying that McCain "won" this thing, but I'm not sure there's a winner when the purpose was for us to get to know them each
better. I think they both won, the people won and I am more supportive of Obama than ever.
Now, I'll go back and read the OP, hoping I replied to the right topic.
[edit on 17-8-2008 by Benevolent Heretic]