Semi-live kid blogging

I haven’t yet mentally processed the debate, but I will pass on to you my kids’ comments:

Of Jim Lehrer, my son asked “Why are his lips such a funny color?”

Of Barack Obama, my daughter said, “He has ears like an elf.”

And of John McCain, my daughter, flush with her elf comment, said, “He looks like an eggplant.”

The kids also noticed in the first five minutes that neither of the candidates ever actually answered the questions asked.

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  • suek

    >>The kids also noticed in the first five minutes that neither of the candidates ever actually answered the questions asked.>>

    Good for your kids. That particular characteristic drives me nuts…I end up yelling at the radio or the tv…”Answer the question!! Answer the d***d _question_ !!

    And then of course, the question always rises in my mind…”-Why- doesn’t s/he _want_ to answer the question???

    Although I find this is actually a common problem…people don’t answer questions. They jump over the question and answer something else.

  • Ellie2

    I watched the debate on CSPAN. They had a split screen so that the camera was on both men all the time. What that revealed was many flashes of anger from McCain and snobbery/superiority/annoyance on the face of The One.

    Very revealing. At one point I switched over to FoxNews, who had the camera only on the man speaking. You got a very different impression. For future debates, I recommend CSPAN.

    I’ve heard many, many commentators compare Obama to Reagan in 1980. According to this theory, people so loathed Carter that all Reagan had to do was prove he was not a droolling idiot to win the debate and subsequently the election.

    These commentators are saying all Obama had to do to win was demonstrate a basic level of competence and since he didn’t get knocked out by McCain, he passed the test and won.

    I see things differently. I think Reagan won because the average person liked him better. They found him warm and charming and saw Carter as that obnoxious smartest kid in class. And that’s where the split screen became very revealing; it showed Obama’s reaction as sneering, and McCain’s as anger. Which emotion is more appealing, do you think?

    The answer may make all the difference.

  • BrianE

    Very perceptive.
    The transformation of our country is complete. We have become completely disconnected from reality, and are going to elect the best actor for President.

    I listend to a few of the “focus” groups of “undecided” voters after the election, and the comments ranged from Obama having a better handle on the issues, and the democrat theme of the night “McCain is living in the past, and Obama is looking to the future”.
    And I don’t believe there are any undecided voters, at least not based on the comments of these “undecided” voters.

  • Ellie2

    “We have become completely disconnected from reality, and are going to elect the best actor for President.” BrianE

    I’m not so sure. I think the people have a very good ability to discern authenticity. It’s the foundation of our jury system, for example. Most of us have a very finely honed “BS detector.” I also think it is behind the Palin phenom: sort of a modern remake of “Mrs Smith goes to Washington.”

    It may seem otherwise because of the advocacy of the media outlets. AOL has a very interesting poll about who won the debate. Disregard that question and look at the others. AOL has a good track record because if the sample is big enough it radomizes itself. If anything, AOL is probably weighted toward younger people, who are supposedly supportive of BHO.

  • Deana

    I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m not feeling so great about the debate last night.

    Obama did well. Not great but good enough. If he continues to do that, than many of those people who may have lingering doubts about his youth and inexperience may go ahead and vote for him.

    A question: Did anyone out there think that the Obama that showed up last night sounded NOTHING like the Obama of 6 months ago? All of a sudden, he was sounding stronger on defense and national security. I don’t believe him for a minute but I would love to see a side-by-side comparison of some of the things he said 12 months ago vs. last night.


  • Deana

    Sorry – one more question.

    I am starting to get very angry at the politicians (both sides) for constantly blaming this financial mess only on Wall Street and the lack of government oversight. I know I’m asking for the impossible here but just once, I’d love to hear McCain (I know Obama wouldn’t do this) say, “Part of this problem is caused by 5-10% of Americans who chose to purchase homes that were vastly beyond their means.”

    I’m sure it would be suicide but it is just so easy to blame those on Wall Street. I know they are at fault too but it just seems that no one is talking about the entire problem.

    Obviously, I’m in a cross mood today.


  • 1Lulu

    My 12 year old son became a McCain supporter after listening to the Warren debates. His overwhelming impression was that Obama “didn’t want to offend” and so said nothing. After watching last night’s debate, he said that he thought Obama was “sly”. He added, “it’s the peak of the election. He feels entitled and he promises things he isn’t planning on keeping.” He felt that McCain was “genuine”. He said that Obama’s eyes seemed “lifeless”, meaning that he wasn’t “passionate about what he was saying.”

    I can say this, my boy is very insightful- beyond his years. Basically he saw through Obama’s over-rehearsed platitudes and saw the insincerity behind it.
    PS- he used to be an Obama supporter at the start of the election.

  • Bookworm

    Lulu, your son’s observations are interesting, since his observations seem to have moved beyond mere verbiage, and into equally important meta messages. It’s also impressive that, given his parents’ being McCain’ fans, he was independent enough to start as an Obama fan and then intellectually mature and honest enough to move to become a McCain fan. Kudos and regards to him!

  • Mike Devx

    Deana in #5 says,

    A question: Did anyone out there think that the Obama that showed up last night sounded NOTHING like the Obama of 6 months ago?

    Deana, I thought exactly the same thing! I’ve been paying attention intensely and I definitely recognized that this was nothing more than a performance. Obama is highly skilled at lawyerly oration, and he’s very good at persuasively saying whatever makes the best case at the moment.

    He’d never get away with it if the general public was paying attention. But they’re not really paying attention. They just think, “that sounded good”, without ever realizing how carefully and diplomatically he says the opposite of things he used to say.

    However, you can’t nail him on it because he can always point to specifically chosen vague words in his statements and claim “but I didn’t say that”. He’s a master diplomat that way. He never says anything definitive, but it sounds definitive.