The big thing in the news is that Obama and Romney are going to debate tonight. All the republican pundits are saying that Romney might pull a Reagan and come up with a great line or technique that will have him win the debate. I have to admire them for debating at all. I’m someone who hates debates. I mean, two weeks ago when I was bombarded by hate tweets it made me want to go hide somewhere and not come out until November 7th (of course I would’ve voted by absentee ballot) I’m just wondering if it will be like. Let us rememeber debate moments of the past...
1.When Bush 41 kept looking at his watch to see if the debate was over yet in 1992. I kept wondering dude, didn’t anyone brief you about this? You don’t look at your watch when half of America is watching you! Even I get that’s a terrible non verbal to do!
2.McCain and Obama talking about Joe the Plumber. I thought he was made up, but he was real. This led me to write one of my favorite blogs about Josephine the Plumber. I mean, give some respect for the ladies, man!
3.This is the vice presidential debate, but I still love it: when Dan Quayle compared himself to John Kennedy. Lloyd Bentsen looked right at him and said “Senator, I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re not Jack Kennedy.” I mean, it doesn’t get any better than that.
4.Michael Dukkakis on the other hand became very Spock like when Bernard Shaw asked him if Kitty Dukkakis was raped and murdered, would Dukkakis support the death penalty? Dukkakis went on and on, saying he wouldn’t, but I remember even at sixteen thinking oh dear. Michael babe, you really really blew it.
5.Reagan saying “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” Which is Romney has been repeating a lot. The kicker is, Reagan was a better actor than Romney (and if you don’t believe me, could Romney yell “Where’s the rest of me?” in King’s Row? I think not.
6.Regan saying this about Mondale: "I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience." Okay, even Mondale laughed at this. I mean, come on, it was a great great line. It proved again Reagan was a good actor and a good ad-libber.
7.The first public debate of them all: Kennedy versus Nixon. I mean, who could forget cool calm and collected Kennedy looking fresh, and then we had poor Nixon sweating like poor Albert Brooks in Broadcast News.
Whoever wins tonight, we know one thing: everyone will say their side won. Unless one of them starts to vomit and cry. Then for sure we’ll have a clear winner.
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