My Response to the 2nd Presidential Debate


Let's be fair.
Every now and then, the candidates did actually answer the questions put forth by Tim Brokaw and others. Sometimes, they even devoted more than one sentence to answering the question. After that, anwsers were laid aside and it was a field trip to the past.
All too often, a candidate spoke a too long about their opponent's failures, lost their train of thought, and forgot to anwer the specific question all together. Typical politician behavior, right? No exception here.
This is when Mr. Brokaw would interject and point out the red and green light indicating how much time was left. Senator McCain jokingly asked Brokaw to "wave his arms" when the time was up. When Brokaw reminded both that he was just the "hired help", Obama assured him he was doing a "great job". My view? Brokaw couldn't be payed enough for this.
While McCain jumped at any at any opportunity to talk about Obama's "tax raises", Obama never missed a chance to remind us of McCain's "misjudgement" of the war in Iraq. (Just in case you missed those couple points in the first debate.)
Obama came across to me as a little overly-optimistic: when asked if the nation's situation would get worse before it gets better he replied "No".
McCain may have seemed the more practical of the two, had he not insisted he would tackle "health care, energy, and entitlement" simultaneously.
Both candidates denied any responsibility for the condition of the US right now. Obama shifted it to Washington. McCain shifted it to anyone but himself.
Obama came up with tall many tall plans (nation-wide health care, alternate energy, independence from China) -plans that ring like bells in any american's ears. Obviously, running mate Joe Biden and himself will be ringing the bells. He wasn't so explicate on what those bells are made of.
McCain must have been in a good mood that evening, because he calles the crowd "my friends" mulitple times. He also cracked a joke about his need for a hair transplant. Did you hear anybody laugh?
While McCain seemed unsure who to call his hero, (he referred to both Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagen, Reagen three times), Obama doesn't seem to have a hero at all.
I'm not sure which of those is more worrying.