Obama /McCain at Saddleback

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by moreluck, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    I just watched the 2 hours with the 2 candidates. McCain came off more presidential to me. His answers were direct, succinct and quick. Obama's answers made me feel like I was being baffled with bullchit.

    Experience rules !!
     
  2. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    My thoughts too. It will probably depend on who you support, but I thought McCain did better. Obama seemed to dance around a few of the questions. He got the abortion rate wrong, gave bad answers on who he would ask advice from, and personally, I disagreed with a lot of his stands. I wasn't impressed with his body language either, he seemed to look away from Rick Warren a lot and avoid eye contact. McCain surprised me in that he was more personable than I thought he would be. His answers came much quicker too. I thought it was an interesting format. They were asked the same questions without knowing what the other one said.
     
  3. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    I don't quite remember the question, but one of Obama's answers was that it was "above his payscale"........HUH?? Did I hear that right?
     
  4. toonertoo

    toonertoo Most Awesome Dog Staff Member

    Yes you did hear it right. I actually cannot remember the ? as I was falling asleep with the ums, and the uhs.

    I thought it was mostly a home run for McCain. And unless I missed the last part of Obamas which was possible (see above) I thought McCain got more questions.
    He was much better than I expected.
     
  5. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    The homerun was for Pastor Warren and the Saddleback church. Since all the hoopla of the book, The Purpose Driven Life, has died down, Warren and Saddleback have not been an item in the public eye. This debate pulled Warren and the church back into the center ring of the 3 ring circus that is American electoral politics and thus amped up the PR machine for Warren Inc.

    Warren Inc. was able to one up the networks, the political parties and the various political operatives by bringing us what amounts to a type of "soft and gentler" debate even before the conventions themselves. Who sez Jesus doesn't sell in decadent and sinful America!

    Warren also managed to get religion back in a kind of center position in American politics as for the last nearly 30 years it was made to appear (via a type Cris Angel illusionism) an exclusive domain of the republican party.

    I have little use for Warren, Saddleback or organized religion for that matter but Warren and Saddleback IMHO came out the real winners in this deal. Hats off to a brillant move on their part.
     
  6. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    McCain came out ahead on this one. No question about it. The biggest lesson the nation should have learned from this is that there are allot "gray areas" when dealing with Obama. He just doesn't seem sure about anything.
     
  7. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    I missed it entirely. Anyone know where I could watch it? Web episode, maybe?
     
  8. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    It looks like the video is available in several parts here......with a 15 sec. ad at the start of each clip

    http://www.cnn.com/POLITICS/
     
  9. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    I think Fox News will replay it at 7pm central time tonight.
     
  10. diesel96

    diesel96 New Member

    Clearly one can tell the difference between the two canidates besides their policies stances, but by the way they deliver their answers.....McCain seemed straightforward, rehearsed and practised, delivering POW stories designed to touch the soul, and somewhat blurted out short respones with not much true thought and convictions behind them. He seemed to be pandering to the audience more than to Mr Warren.
    Obama seemed to be having a conversation with Mr Warren than pandering to the audience. Obama seems to give deeper more thought out responses, seemed to be walking on eggshells at times on sensitive issues e.g...pro choice question, due to a more pro-conservative christian crowd. But clearly thinks out his idea's and judgement on issues without rushing to conclusions that result in blowback.
     
  11. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    A little hard to be rehearsed & practiced when they didn't know what questions they would be asked.

    I want a decisive president. McCain's answers were quicker because he has more experience to draw from. Obama has basically, none.

    Also, I don't find it very comforting that 2 of Obama's picks for giving him advice was his wife & grandma.
     
  12. 1989

    1989 Well-Known Member


    That's not where I want my president to seek advice. But at least he didn't say his pastor and his business associates.
     
  13. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks, More, I've watched the whole thing.

    All I can say is, Wow! McCain blew Obama away. Obama clearly struggled with the answers going on and on with garbage, while he tried to think of an actual answer.

    McCain had an easy going style, and gave real world ANSWERS without having to go to useless speach while formulating an answer in his head like Obama.

    McCains answer to the "evil in the world" question had me almost cheering. Obama kinda whimped out rattling on about abusive parents or something.

    It was a really good interview. I liked Rick Warren, and I liked how neither candidate could hear the others answers. Made it very interesting.
     
  14. tieguy

    tieguy Banned

    he was asked at what point does a babys life start.

    Mccain quickly stated at conception.
     
  15. tieguy

    tieguy Banned

    Interesting how we can view things differently. Many of mccains answers were short and to the point. I view that as being delivered honestly. Obama seemed to try harder to convince us which is a trait I tend to associate with someone who is lying. Obama also at times has the appearance of a nervous twitch about him which I'm not comfortable with. Reminds of a junky or con man.
     
  16. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    "McCains answer to the "evil in the world" question had me almost cheering. Obama kinda whimped out rattling on about abusive parents or something.

    Over - I actually let out a "HOORAY" when he said that and my dog barked at me because she didn't know what I was yelling about.:happy2:
     
  17. tonyexpress

    tonyexpress Whac-A-Troll Patrol Staff Member

    Amen to that!! :laughing2:

    I found it much more refreshing than the adversarial debate style.

    Even if it was a homerun for Rick Warren and the Saddelback Church I think it was a win for all of us because, IMHO you really got to know the candidates better in this type of forum. :peaceful:
     
  18. diesel96

    diesel96 New Member

    Obviously, we view these canidates with a bias opinion, but I stand by my original post. Obama IMO, thinks before he speaks.....thats why you might here a uhm or ah here and there, but he responds to a question or an issue with a complete thought thats in depth (kind of like one of wkmac's long post:smart:). I view one who responds before the question is finished as programed, rehearsed and spontaneous. And we can't afford a knee jerk reactionairy president.

    e.g...When McCain brought up his first marriage as one of his faults, he didn't expand and go into an essay-toric explaination, just a mere mention. Meanwhile Obama responds his faults in depth and with convictions. Excluding last night's Townhall meeting at Saddleback, you got to admit, McCain gets tongue tied at rally's and says things completely out of touch in interviews that are un-rehearsed that it makes for great sound bites for anti-McCain pundits to exploit. The problem is it happens alot for McCain lately. Poor lil' bugger, we ain't getting any younger. I think it's time we get him "Life Alert"...a necklace with a help button in case he falls down and can get up :thumbup1:.....
     
  19. av8torntn

    av8torntn Well-Known Member

    I got the chance to watch most of this show. My impression after the first few minutes was that it would be fun to try and count how many times B. Hussein said uh. There has to have been some sort of record broken.
     
  20. tieguy

    tieguy Banned

    I would admit I have seen that behavior out of both candidates and much more so out of Obama. I would welcome the opportunity to hear both candidates answer questions spontaneously and I think McCain with his vast experience will do much better.