The place I used to live at last year, Lake Forest in CA, is playing host to the presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain and the man playing host is Rick Warren, pastor of the famous Saddleback church and author of the popular book Purpose Driven Life.
You know Obama is a very good communicator but when you have John McCain coming right after Obama’s session and being asked the same questions you suddenly realize how better a communicator Obama is and what high bar and complex hoops he has set for McCain to jump through.
The first question about three most important people you are going to consult, Obama said – his wife, who would have the courage to say you screwed up, his grand mother and senator Ted Kennedy.
McCain, when asked the same says – Gen Petraeus, Meg Whitman and one more I forgot who because I lost interest in what he was saying. Gen Petraeus is good no doubt, but military is not the top focus point here. I mean its important for US to win the war but its not at the top of the list. I know many would disagree but remember the might of the Army is the effect of America’s greatness, not its cause. We have bigger more serious issues about economy here which power that same army.
Meg Whitman? She was booted out of eBay last I heard because of falling profits. McCain might as well would have said Mitt Romney who I think has a better track record.
But then again, these various industry leaders are definitely better than what Mitchell and Obama’s mother can come up with.
No doubt John McCain is trying to make all jokes and appear jolly but there is still something lacking. And I think Rick Warren is politically inclined towards Republicans?
John McCain is also trying to play his military card to full advantage by moving every conversation to his PoW days. Rick is asking something but McCain is leading him to Vietnam for every question.
John McCain and Barack Obama obviously differ on abortion and conception, but they agree on what defines a marriage. However, they are trying to appease both the parties by saying they believe in one thing, but they will not tread on the rights of the other groups.
This way they have a shot at votes from both sides of the fence. I don’t blame them, I’d do the same.
About evil, Obama picked up the option of confronting evil and McCain picked up defeating the evil.
For Barack, evil is something huge, something more than obvious than issues like terrorism, something that exists on the streets of America, and I think he was right about it.
For John McCain, evil is —> Osama Bin Laden. (Black and white, period). I think thats getting old. American people want Osama to be tried in the court of law but they really would like to see it happen but if politicians think they can still pull votes by being gung-ho about Osama then that bluster is getting old.
Bin has been out there free for longer time since the initiation of hostilities than even Hitler after US declared war against Germany. Moreover, Rick probably meant something bigger and nearer and more day to day than terrorism. More people die of drug addiction in US than from the plots hatched by the likes of Bin Laden.
All in all, I think McCain did get a bit of a momentum and it did not appear that Obama has a definite shot.
It would a close fight between the two contenders.
At the time of publishing, McCain was onto taxing the rich and medical health care and it sounds good to me. I mean every body likes to hear they are going to be taxed less. I think Obama will have to re-think his taxation policy to be a serious contender after today.
However, civil liberties is not going to appreciate what John McCain said about government snooping program.