Presidential Debate

Woooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. So I missed the debate on Tuesday, and just watched a sort of “highlight reel” of the debate. It was actually really good, and I learned a lot. It was also nice to be able to watch and hear the candidates instead of just reading articles on the debate. Here’s the link if you’re interested.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decision2012/romney-and-obama-on-jobs—town-hall-debate-2012/2012/10/16/8f6be026-17da-11e2-8792-cf5305eddf60_video.html

Alright. So like I said, wow. That was not what I was expecting. I mean I know everybody talked about it in class, with the stools and everything, but still. I was not prepared. It all seemed so unprofessional to me. And whoever said they were getting sassy, they were getting sassy. Which to me was just kind of annoying, and again, unprofessional. And maybe since I watched a highlight reel, I saw more of this, but it definitely took me by surprise. Our president represents all of us, our country, and everything we stand for AT ALL TIMES. Getting sassy and in each other’s faces isn’t exactly how I would like to be represented. Both candidates were at fault, and they probably fed off of each other, but either way, I would have liked them to take a step back. I wonder if they’ll watch the debate later and wonder what they let themselves get into.

Okay, so maybe this is just me, but with the whole stool situation, one thing couldn’t leave my mind: Whose Line is it Anyway. I’m not even kidding. One candidate got up and performed, entertained the audience, while the other sat behind them, listened, and enjoyed. Then it was the other one’s turn. Then he got to get up and see if he could entertain the audience even more. Sometimes though, they even got to do group skits and BOTH got to perform at the same time. Okay, so I may be slightly exaggerating this, but not really. That’s basically what it looked like. This goes back to our discussion earlier this year about debates to entertain, where yelling is more common than discussing. Is this what the presidential debate could be turning into?

Overall, while I was amazed by the debate and the tactics used, I do have to say that I still learned about the candidates and their views on different issues. So I can’t say it was a complete fail, but it definitely wasn’t a complete success either.

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