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Obama - McCain First Debate Thoughts

September 27th, 2008 | by Papamoka |

One of the reasons why the American people elect our President is how they look on television. Throw out all the policies and issues in any election when it comes to a one on one debate between the candidates. Screw up your mannerism and body language during a debate at this level and it comes down to people thinking you just tripped on the stage as you went to accept your award. The awkwardness just does not go away from the viewers and for the purpose of this post, the voters.

The first example of this phenomenom was during the Kennedy - Nixon debate, Nixon was sick and refused make-up, Kennedy looked healthy and ready to lead with his dark suit and make-up that made him look the part as President for the American viewer and voter. Knock out punch for Kennedy.

Ronald Reagan used his quick wit to make Walter Mondale look condescending when the Mondale repeatedly used Reagan’s advanced age as an issue. Reagan simply stated that he would not take advantage of his opponent age and lack of experience in this race. Knock out punch for Reagan!

In this first debate between McCain and Obama I have to give the knock out punch to Obama based solely on the fact he looked more comfortable on the world stage and had no problem looking John McCain in the eyes. McCain looked cold and confrontational by his mannerisms and body language. Even when the debate was over and the two men walked off to meet their wives, Barack and Michelle Obama kissed on the lips, John kissed Cindy McCain on the cheek? Biggest event of your life, kiss your wife on the cheek or kiss her on the lips. I’d go for the lips but I’m funny that way. John McCain comes off as a cold fish to me and apparently to his lovely wife too!

Check this out from the Today show with comments from body language and tell signs as to who really won this debate…

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It just seems odd to me that John McCain could not even look at Obama during the debate. It was almost as if he was afraid to do so? It isn’t like they don’t know one another from the Senate? What was McCain afraid of? Then again, maybe it wasn’t fear, it could have been shame?

Over at Rachel Maddow she did an interview with leader Jon Soltz, an Iraq War Veteran. In the interview disabled veterans know that John McCain is not a friend to Veterans or the VA that they depend on for services. So when John McCain tells veterans that he will take care of veterans he means something entirely different. He was against the new GI Bill, fully funding the VA, armoring up the troops in Iraq and the list goes on…

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This debate was won by Obama and john McCain handed it to him on a silver platter. I say so because once more he lied to not just Iraq War Vet’s but to all Veterans!


Originally posted at Papamoka Straight Talk

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  1. 4 Responses to “Obama - McCain First Debate Thoughts”

  2. By merge divide on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    Very balanced and informed post. I’d like to invite you to check out my thoughts on the debate:


  3. By Liberal Jarhead on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    No, you don’t understand - it’s just that McCain reserves his affection and support for the veterans who are also millionaires. Oh, you mean most veterans aren’t millionaires? Well, if they need some extra money to go to school why don’t they just sell some of their extra houses? They don’t HAVE extra houses? What the hell is wrong with them, didn’t they have the gumption and initiative to marry heiresses like he did?

    McCain’s voting record on veterans’ issues is one of the clearest parts of his history in the Senate. What he said about loving and supporting veterans had no connection with the real universe, where he has consistently fought to treat veterans as a used commodity to be thrown away rather than as a group of people that have value to our society, and in many cases have become disabled to varying degrees in its service.

    Of all the many ways he behaves despicably, this - along with his betrayal and abandonment of his first wife - makes me, personally, the angriest.

  4. By Matthew O'Keefe on Sep 27, 2008 | Reply

    I’m confussed? Was my point not clear on McCain not supporting Veterans LJ?

  5. By Liberal Jarhead on Sep 28, 2008 | Reply

    Like I said, it’s just the veterans who aren’t his fellow millionaires that McCain doesn’t give a shit about. Millionaires - he’s got their back, now, even if they are veterans.

    McCain loves and supports veterans like Sarah Palin loves and supports polar bears.

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