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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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McCain: ‘I Don’t Like ‘THAT ONE’, My Friends!’

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So, finally John McCain got his town hall format he so much looked forward to and I think most everybody will agree, it worked very well ….. for Barack Obama.

John McCain did okay enough for himself (if you discount some of his answers), but he was no match, again, for a cool, calm and collected Barack Obama.  The contrast couldn’t have been more stark:  A steady, knowledgeable, likable guy on stage with a grumpy old man.


If I had the opportunity to ask McCain one question after the election, I would like to know the reason for his obvious disdain for Obama which showed when he wasn’t able to look at Obama once in the first debate, to being condescending to him in both, to not using Obama’s name once in this debate, but instead referring to him as ‘That One’.  Is this disdain for Obama rooted in not liking the idea to share the same stage with him, or is it deeper and personal?  As McCain often points out, he is not ‘Miss Congeniality’!  Well, it shows!  It was also telling that McCain left right after the debate while Obama and his wife interacted with the people for a long time afterwards.

Bottom line:  Again, everybody can be very reassured that Barack Obama has the temperament and intellect (and the ‘steady hand at the tiller’ McCain repeatedly referred to) to be president in these perilous times.


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