Originally posted by southern_Guardian
well mccain got his town hall meeting alright
Yes. And he's fortunate that Obama turned him down on previous ones or he'd be further behind in the polls than he is now, in my view.
I thought the debate was fairly boring. The excitement I was expecting never materialized. And that's fine by me. We don't need any more drama.
I wish Obama hadn't felt the need to respond to every attack by McCain. Maybe a few, but after a while, he started to look defensive. In my opinion,
it's more important to answer the questions than to spend the time refuting the opponent's attack. A couple times, they reminded me of
school-boys... "If he gets a follow-up, I want a follow-up, too"!
I think Obama did a better job of answering the questions put to him. McCain seemed to ramble and get off topic, reciting talking points. Obama did
some of that, too, but he's just a lot sharper and eventually got back around to answering the question. McCain just seemed to be "performing",
doing his stump speech. I was NOT impressed.
There's one thing I haven't seen discussed: Physical appearance. As I said before, McCain is fortunate Obama refused his 10 Town-Hall debates. The
difference in their appearance is STRIKING! Obama is tall and thin, moves easily and gracefully and remains calm and articulate. I was very
uncomfortable watching McCain shuffle around like a little doddering old penguin. His awkward physicality was too apparent when juxtaposed with
Obama's confident stature. Add to that the fact that McCain strayed off his topic and wandered into stump "slogans" and talking points again and
again... trying (and failing in delivery and substance) stupid jokes about hair implants and Brokaw... he came off looking extremely out of touch and
Originally posted by ll__raine__ll
i also noted at the end of the debate it was obama and michelle who worked and had the audiences attention while mccain was no-where to be seen.
I wondered about that, too. Brokaw was on Morning Joe and he said that after the McCains shook a few hands, they just left. Michelle Obama asked
Brokaw about "the rules" and asked if it was OK if they stayed around and talked to the people and he didn't object, so they did.
I'm going to say Obama "won" this one. But neither of them particularly impressed me because even though the questions were REALLY good, both
McCain and Obama said all the stuff I've heard before. I didn't learn anything.
[edit on 8-10-2008 by Benevolent Heretic]