I have now watched every minute of all three Presidential debates. And yes, I have more to say. First of all, Bush’s disrespectful behavior continued in the last half hour. He’s trying to make fun of Kerry, but when he says things like “only a Senator from Massachusetts…” he is poking fun at the citizens in Massachusetts. Does that not even occur to him? Personally, I think a man from Texas (which is stereotypically full of toothless rednecks sitting on their front porch with shotguns) should keep his damn mouth shut about people from Massachusetts (which is in the northeast and stereotypically full of very intelligent people with “old” money). But that’s just it. Those are stereotypes. And they have no place in a Presidential debate. Harvard is in Massachusetts, so maybe he was trying to make a joke about that…since he’s a Yale man. But even if that was his intent, many would take it as a slam on Massachusetts residents and that is absolutely unacceptable. Especially when it’s coming from the President of the United States.
Then with Kerry’s remarks about Bush not meeting with the “Black Congressional Caucus”. Yes, Bush is right. He has met with the “Black Congressional Caucus” (or Congressional Black Caucus, as it’s really called) — not often, but he has met with them — but why must he give such attitude with his rebuttals. Does he think that makes him sound cool? It sounds like how my kids respond on those rare occasions when they are right and I am wrong. It’s basically “na nana boo boo.” Is he a grown man or is he a 5 year old child?
I do have to give Bush props though. When he was speaking about his wife, Laura, he said, “She speaks English better then I do. I think people understand what she’s saying.” So at least he knows he’s a bumbling idiot. It’s refreshing to finally hear him admit to something. We can’t get him to own up to his real intentions in Iraq, but at least we got it on tape that he acknowledges his inability to hold a civilized conversation.
I do have one critique for Kerry though. It drives me crazy that he says “idear” instead of “idea,” but I can live with that for the next four years.
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