Posts Tagged: Obama Results 9
It began, as evenings usually do, with a downpour (sorry) of pee jokes on Twitter. By the time I’d just about sorted out the background (a dubious source; Russia; the president-elect mixing hatred of his predecessor and a predilection), President Obama was about to give his farewell speech. And so my Twitter feed went from photos of a literal golden shower in Trump Tower, and the inevitable discussions of whether it’s OK to kink-shame Trump (and if Dan Savage gives the go-ahead, who are we to say no?) to a moment that would have had dignity written all over it regardless, but in the context, oh boy.
President Obama’s visit to Israel was nothing less than inspiring. He met with many people, enjoyed Israeli music, was inspired by Israeli innovative high-tech technology, and made an inspirational, heartwarming speech in front of young students who applauded his every word. If any of us doubted Obama’s obligation to Israel in the past couple of years, our doubts dissolved over the past few days.
Last night’s Foreign Policy debate was all about swing — the candidates taking final swings at each other and aiming for the hearts and minds of swing voters. And conventional polling wisdom tells us who the most important “swing voters” are, particularly for the President: that’s right, the women.
After watching two long debates in which the only “women’s issue” raised was in the context of two men’s faith, I had little hope going into last night’s town hall.
I’m going to be honest here, I watch the Presidential Debates for pure amusement. And as Erin Gloria Ryan said over at Jezebel, last night’s debate may go down in history as the most boring 90 minutes ever aired on national television. This may be true but it wasn’t a complete waste of time. I enjoyed watching the President’s smirk when Romney spoke; I loved watching Romney’s bizarre, plastered on smile when the President spoke but my mind is already made up. I know who I’m voting for and no 90 minute debate is going to change my mind. I didn’t go to a debate party and I didn’t print out any of those drinking games. Instead I hunkered down in front of the television armed with my computer and a beer.
Before I went to bed, I flipped over to MSNBC to watch the anchors duke it out, complaining that the President was too weak and declaring Romney the victor in last night’s toe-to-toe battle. But let’s be real-there was no battle. My personal opinion is that the President wasn’t allowing himself to be baited by Romney who seemed more like a petulant child trying to screaming louder (over Poor Jim Lehrer) to have his point heard-but that’s just me. They both said a lot without saying much of anything and for those voters in the middle, there are more debates in our future-hopefully both sides will give us a better look at the issues at hand.