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Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Debate Up-Close

Various snapshots from the historic first Obama-McCain debate in 2008. First off...

El Rey De Las Fritas in Miami!

That's hilarious. A legendary Cuban-American hangout. Fritas are a little like the Cuban version of our "butties". Basically a spiced up, crispy hamburger.

Doesn't look overly packed, ahem, but then I could've told them not to go there. Cuban-Americans are too upscale these days for these types of places. The photographer should've gone to South Beach.

Senators Obama and McCain, shake.

A close-up of Senator McCain's famous bracelet of a felled US soldier, given him by the soldier's mother in December.

"I've got a bracelet too!". A cringingly bad moment for Senator Obama. He sounded like a schoolboy, especially since he fumbled the name.

Senator McCain making a point during the debate. Good job he's not British.

A handsome study of Senator Obama.

It ends.

John and Cindy McCain greeting each other afterwards.

The Presidential hopefuls shake hands.

Another study of the handshakes.

The Obamas leave the stage.

UPDATE: Oh My God. This is why I do not read the Miami Herald. Want to hear their headline for their lead Debate story?

McCain displays feisty charm, Obama cool precision

In what planet did McCain display feisty charm in this debate? Or Obama turn in a coolly precise performance?

The old John McCain was back Friday - and that's good news for the Republican presidential nominee.

McCain brought his plain-spoken, wise-guy ways that work well in town-hall meetings to the presidential debate, while Barack Obama countered with his own trademark style - crisp point-by-point analyses of issues, answers in well-crafted paragraphs, little emotion.

The verdict: McCain did better than expected, because he was often the 2000 vintage McCain who dazzled voters with his give-'em-hell manner. Obama was Obama, and anyone who likes him was reminded why.

Fine, I agree with that overall, but I do believe Lightman overstated both roles.



  • I don't mean to be all-fashion-all-the-time with my comments this morning, but WTF was Michele Obama wearing? I can't even figure out how it works, with those black lines down the back, the white things up the sides, and that bow stuck on at the neck. It looks like a slipcover. Why won't they let that poor woman put on a SUIT?

    By Blogger mrs whatsit, at Sat Sep 27, 08:21:00 am GMT-4  

  • It's unfortunate that writers have absolutely nothing to do with the headlines to their stories.

    By Blogger peter hoh, at Sat Sep 27, 01:47:00 pm GMT-4  

  • McCain is a highly caffeinated man. There was not one credible 'fogie, codger, old man' comment because he didn't look old. He was quick, too. When Lehreaaa was trying to get them to talk to each other, Obama had a funny moment, and McCain glibly, self-effacingly zinged 'wha? do you think I'm hard of hearing?' and it was perfect.

    The unscripted moments --from Piper and the superman spit curl on Trig to that little funny-- are where you catch the true essence. It just takes so darn much time to wade through to get those juicy morsels of reality.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Sat Sep 27, 02:19:00 pm GMT-4  

  • I notice two things:
    McCain is clearly making eye contact with Obama in two photos.

    2) Michelle has booty I never noticed before.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sat Sep 27, 03:41:00 pm GMT-4  

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