Archive for October 16, 2008

Barack Obama Is One Cool Dude

Cool, Calm and Collected

My late father loved to watch Muhammad Ali’s fights which was sometimes challenging because they came on after midnight in Germany because of the time difference.  I just know that he would have loved to watch Barack Obama employ Ali’s famous ‘Rope-A-Dope’ strategy last night to emerge as the victor, yet again.

A few things clearly stood out in last night’s debate:  The split screen didn’t serve McCain well.  It showed his facial expressions of contempt, anger and frustration compared to Obama’s calm, confident and likable demeanor.  By employing the ‘Rope-A-Dope’ strategy, Obama clearly passed on several opportunities hitting McCain back after being confronted with some of his outrageous attacks, and chose just to set the record straight when he felt it necessary.  When asked about whether each candidate’s running mate was qualified, again, Obama passed on the opportunity to criticize Sarah Palin while McCain decided to attack Joe Biden.  I think that alone said a lot about each man’s character.

On a personal note:  I am so glad that the abortion issue came up and with it the implication of a change in the make-up of the Supreme Court.  ‘A woman’s Right To Choose’ is clearly at stake in this election and every ‘Pro-Choice’ woman who flirted with the idea of voting for McCain/Palin, needed to hear that.  I think one moment will be remembered by a lot of women, when McCain seemed to make light of the inclusion of the  ‘health of the mother’ when talking about the very rare procedure commonly called ‘Late-term abortion.’  He tried to paint Obama who opposes that procedure in general, but supports the exception of the health of the mother, as an extremist, and forgot to mention that this is the law of the land, upheld by the courts again and again.  As a woman especially and somebody who has a friend who had to make that very personal and difficult decision in consultation with her doctor and family, after being told that there was a high likelihood of not surviving if carrying her child to term, I was especially offended by that attitude and I have a feeling that it rubbed a lot of women the wrong way.

Bottom line:  The American people have decided that Barack Obama has passed the threshold to be Commander-In-Chief and we will be very comfortable with a man who has shown again and again that he has the temperament and intellect to be


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