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First Presidential Debate

I have to confess that I got fidgety a lot last night. I swear, back when I was in high school watching the Bush-Dukakis debates I was able to pay attention with greater patience. So my observations are worth what you pay for them.

It looked to me like Bush was well prepared, but as dull and uninterested in the topics as usual. As long as he could respond from his repertoire of talking points, he sounded strong. But whenever he had to generate original thoughts, he got that deer-in-headlights look.

Kerry, OTOH, did a decent job of taking each question, considering it in it's complete, historical context, and the generating a relevant answer. That's called "thinking". Look it up, Mr. President.

I'm really looking forward to getting to the domestic issues.

Also, hurray for Jon Stewart for going after Giuliani! New Yorkers are expected to be so reverent about him. Jon didn't let him get away with squat, and he looked about ready to get pretty indignant there at the end.


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Oct. 1st, 2004 08:11 am (UTC)
I'm so bummed that I missed them -- they were gonna be on at alchemy but I was still too plaguey.

Fidgety: makes sense, less was at stake.
Jon: I love that man.
(you too :>)
Oct. 1st, 2004 09:58 am (UTC)
Oct. 1st, 2004 09:29 am (UTC)
That's a purty picture.
Oct. 1st, 2004 09:57 am (UTC)
Danke. It's Eric's photography and photoshop skillz, yo :)
Oct. 2nd, 2004 07:57 am (UTC)
Hon, I started out as fidgety as you. Kerry's first minute and a half were awful! Wooden and self-conscious. But it didn't take him long to get into his zone. Then he was clear, thoughtful, articulate, and focused. As you indicated, Bush, when he could parrot his talking points ("Polly want a flip-flop? Awwwk!"), was adequate. But he ummed and ahhed and left awkward silences. Even right-wing commentator Tucker Carlson ("Crossfire") said it made him uncomfortable, "like watching a drunken man cross an icy road." Wow! And showing them both side by side was a huge advantage for us. Kerry stood tall and straight, sometimes making notes, while Bush stooped and squirmed and constantly made what I think of as his "prissy mouth." I can't tell you how many commentators the next day said that Kerry was "presidential," even "more presidential than the president." We've still got our work cut out for us, but now a lot of people who were just "anybody-but-Bush" can be for Kerry!

Love the photo, hon.

Love, Mom
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