Is it me or does this seem like the lamest presidential debate season ever?
Tuesday night's debate between Barack Obama and John McCain was at least slightly more compelling than the Biden/Palin fiasco, but not by much, both major sleep-inducers.
I'll confess, hearing the first half on the radio just waking up myself (my alarm clock is set to start the radio), I initially thought McCain edged Obama in the first half of the debate. Later, when I arrived at work, that Obama dominated the second.
My constituents have given me major crap about that because it was so obvious, they said, that McCain was desperate and confused the whole time while Obama wore the night like a comfy jacket.
Well, even I could tell that McCain was coming off as a very angry old man, full of resentment towards the younger upstart. His recent pledge to fight more aggressively (read: dirtier) towards the end of the race was showing evidence here.
Briefly put, I think hearing only the audio portion may be partly why I saw McCain as speaking from experience and Obama speaking only in a future tense, not that that's necessarily a bad thing. Neither side was particularly aggressive with follow-ups, and both were moderated heavily by newscaster Tom Brokaw.
Brokaw got in some shots himself, like when he reminded Obama that there are lights placed to alert him when his response time was up, not to mention Brokaw was apparently waving his arms wildly trying to get both candidates' attention to that end. Later, when the two candidates met in center stage to shake hands, they obscured the teleprompter, so Brokaw had to ask them to move, haha.
Regardless, the pundits, with a few exceptions, have pretty much given the night -- and the race -- to Obama. Barring a revelation of a major scandal in the Obama camp (and I mean something more substantial than the Bill Ayers thing), I think we're looking at the next President of the United States.
From PCR #326, July 2006: Together in Sanford, FL, in front of the home of magician Harry Wise. From left, Dottie Carlson, Harry Wise, Nolan Canova, and Charlie Carlson. Photo by Will Moriaty.
Political and environmental activist, performer, and wife of legendary Florida "Weird" writer Charlie Carlson, Dottie Diehl Carlson, sadly, has lost her battle with cancer. She was 59.
Dottie was diagnosed with lung cancer only two weeks ago, she had no symptoms whatsoever, and went into the ER for the flu and that is when her problem was discovered. It was short and quick, and needless to say, devastating. In the few days prior she had been sleeping so she did not suffer during that final period. This whole ordeal hit out of nowhere.
The Memorial Services will be at 1:30 PM on Friday, October 10th at the Oaklawn Cemetery Chapel 5000 County Rd 46A (Just off Interstate-4) in Sanford, Florida. Following the chapel service, there will have a graveside service across the street. For your information the Oaklawn office telephone is 407-322-4263.
On Friday evening at 7:30 PM for those on the east coast who cannot make the above service or want to attend an additional dedication, there will be a Drumming and Candlelight Circle in New Smyrna Beach in the parking lot behind The Lotta Scents Book & Gift Shop on Canal Street.