Presidential moment

 Posted by at 17:28  Election 2012, Politics
Oct 172012

If you did not have the opportunity to watch the second presidential debate last evening, I would encourage to scroll down to the previous post and watch it. The video of the entire debate is posted there.

There were a lot of memorable moments in this debate, but the one shown in the following video is the one that most sticks out in my mind.

Secretary Clinton has done an extraordinary job, but she works for me. I’m the President, and I’m always responsible. And that’s why nobody is more interested in finding out exactly what happened than I do. The day after the attack, Governor, I stood in the Rose Garden, and I told the American people and the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened, that this was an act of terror, and I also said that we’re going to hunt down those who committed this crime. And then a few days later, I was there greeting the caskets coming into Andrews Air Force Base and grieving with the families. And the suggestion that anybody in my team, whether the Secretary of State, our U.N. ambassador, anybody on my team, would play politics or mislead when we’ve lost four of our own, Governor, is offensive. That’s not what we do. That’s not what I do as President; that’s not what I do as Commander-in-Chief.

If you would like to watch the video or read the transcript of what President Obama said in the Rose Garden on September 12, you may do so here. From those remarks:

No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.

Then there is this, from a speech President Obama gave in Golden, Colorado on September 13…

Let me say at the outset that obviously our hearts are heavy this week — we had a tough day a couple of days ago, for four Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in Libya. Yesterday I had a chance to go over to the State Department to talk to friends and colleagues of those who were killed. And these were Americans who, like so many others, both in uniform and civilians, who serve in difficult and dangerous places all around the world to advance the interests and the values that we hold dear as Americans.

And a lot of times their work goes unheralded, doesn’t get a lot of attention, but it is vitally important. We enjoy our security and our liberty because of the sacrifices that they make. And they do an outstanding job every single day without a lot of fanfare. (Applause.)

So what I want all of you to know is that we are going to bring those who killed our fellow Americans to justice. (Applause.) I want people around the world to hear me: To all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. It will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world. No act of violence shakes the resolve of the United States of America. (Applause.)


Oct 162012

So, did you watch the debate tonight? What did you think?

I think President Obama more than made up for his performance in the first debate. He came out swinging tonight and kept Mitt Romney on defense the entire night. Mr. Romney sounded desperate and far too rehearsed. He needed his teleprompter. He kept forgetting his lines and stumbling over the ones he did remember.

There were quite a few moments the pundits will be talking about tomorrow. For example, how Mr. Romney blew the question on Libya and had to be corrected by the moderator. Then there were the times the moderator literally had to tell Mr. Romney to shut up and sit down, as well as the several times she had to nudge him back on topic.

This was a clear and decisive win for President Obama.


Sep 292012

The first of three presidential debates between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is scheduled for this coming Wednesday, October 3. The topic is domestic policy. The debate will be broadcast by all the major networks – ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS – and FOX at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 8:00 p.m. Central Time. I plan on watching. I hope you do, too.



McCain promises to kick butt

 Posted by at 19:39  General
Oct 122008

John McCain and Barack Obama
John McCain and Barack Obama

Barack Obama and Johnny McCain will meet for the third and final presidential debate this coming Wednesday in Long Island, New York. CBS news anchor and McCain supporter Bob Schieffer will moderate. Johnny McCain has promised to kick Senator Obama’s butt. (Actually he said he would kick his “you-know-what”. I don’t think he was talking about his shins or his nose.)

Johnny had better come up with something for this debate. It’s his last chance. The hateful and negative campaign that he and Sarah Palin have been running lately is not working. He handily lost the first two debates (in everyone’s minds except those of the most rabid right wingers, who have somehow managed to convince themselves that he won them). He and Sarah are sinking rapidly in all the national polls. Even the GOP FOX News Channel has him trailing Senator Obama by 46 percent to 39 percent.

All that aside, I’ll not be looking for a winner on Wednesday night. Most of us already know who the winner will be. I’ll be watching just to see if the angry, desperate and nasty little man will be able to look Senator Obama in the eye and address him directly — something he has yet to do.

I just want to know if Johnny McCain has any self respect or a shred of dignity remaining. We know his running mate doesn’t.

Wednesday night’s debate will begin at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, 8:00 p.m. Central, and will be broadcast on all the major networks. Mark your calendar.

Oct 072008

Are you watching The John McCain/Tom Brokaw Show tonight?

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., answers questions from John McCain Debate moderator Tom Brokaw as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., listens during a townhall-style presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., answers questions from John McCain Debate moderator Tom Brokaw as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., listens during a townhall-style presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Note the caption on the photograph above. I did not edit it. That is the way it was written by the Associated Press. Read it carefully. I don’t think it contains an error.

Liberal media. Not tonight, my friends. Not tonight.

Senator Obama is holding his own under very, very difficult circumstances. He is definitely giving the better, most intelligent and well thought-out answers. John McCain is a very angry man and it really showed tonight. (He actually referred to Senator Obama as “that one.” Really?) That is, my friends, the way I see it.

I hope Bob Schieffer does a better job of hiding his bias in the next debate than Tom Brokaw did in this one.

Brian Williams: “One month from tonight we will be talking about the new President of the United States.”


Update: The morning after…

Post-debate polling favors Obama over McCain

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – John McCain dismissively called rival Barack Obama “that one,” Obama mocked McCain’s “Straight Talk Express,” and both left the debate stage to return to the campaign trail Wednesday.

CNN’s national poll of debate watchers found that 54 percent said Obama did the best job, compared to 30 percent who said McCain performed better. While 51 percent of those polled said they had a favorable opinion of McCain, unchanged from before the debate started, 64 percent said they had a favorable opinion of Obama, up 4 percentage points from before the debate.

By more than a 2-1 margin, 65 percent to 28 percent, more people said they found Obama more likable than McCain during the debate, according to the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey.

On the question of who won the debate, a CBS News/Knowledge Networks poll of uncommitted voters found a similar result. Forty percent said Obama won, 26 percent said McCain won, and 34 percent thought it was a tie.

Much like the first debate, I don’t think a lot of minds that were already made up were changed last night. I think a few people who were sitting on the fence were knocked off the fence and onto Obama’s side. And, though most people do not agree with me, I still think Tom Brokaw displayed a lot of pro-McCain bias in his moderating. (Didn’t he retire once already?)

If you missed the debate and want to see it, C-Span has posted it on YouTube. Click here. If that C-Span logo in the middle of the video bothers you, MSNBC has also posted the debate here.