I tried to watch the debate tonight, and was initially foiled. My first attempt was at the Homer Movie Theater, where they were projecting the webcast of the debate on the big screen. I had a tech support appointment until about 4:45, so I arrived a little after 5 to find everyone leaving. I peeked inside and I saw a big frozen image of Jim Lehrer with his mouth open, and a mouse pointer frantically clicking the Play/Pause button on the web player. After waiting around for a few minutes and not seeing any more progress being made, I followed the crowd and left.
Since it was mostly sunny today, I stopped and took some pictures of the fall colors at a spot I’ve passed a couple of times and thought “that would make a good picture.” What do you think?
Turn the camera 90 degrees right, and here’s what you see:
I hopped back in my car, and started searching the radio for the debate. Fortunately, the local PRI station was carrying it on AM, so I listened to it all the way home.
Here’s what I heard: Obama explains his position on a subject. McCain attacks Obama, then gets around to explaining his history with similar decisions. Obama defends himself, maybe takes a jab at McCain, tries to stay on subject. Repeat.
I had to turn off the radio when McCain told the story of his bracelet. I’ve heard enough heart-wrenching stories told about “real” people by presidential candidates. Sadly, I turned the radio back on to hear Obama’s “I’ve gotta bracelet too!” story, and turned it right back off.
I returned home and fired up the old interweb and watched the CNN live feed, in time to hear McCain say something like “North Korea being the harshest dictatorship maybe in the world, and South Koreans are 3 inches taller.” Huh? Maybe he meant something about malnutrition due to mismanagement stunting their growth, but without some sort of context, it sounded sort of crazy.
Each candidate had their little go-to nails to hammer during each answer: McCain’s was Obama’s “naivete” and “misunderstanding situations,” Obama’s was McCain’s support for most of the Bush Administration’s policies. I think McCain’s came off as more childish and arrogant.
Hopefully the theater gets their troubles worked out before Thursday’s VP debate, since Our Very Own Governor Sarah Palin will be center stage. The town seems to be very mixed in its opinions on her, and I would like to see how that pans out in public.