After watching tonights second Presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain, I think it must be obvious now to any honest observer that the future belongs to Senator Obama. When asked who won the contest, the CNN poll scored Obama the overwhemingly victor with 54 percent to McCain’s 30 percent. Putting aside both men’s positions on policy, which revealed nothing new tonight, the mere physicality of the debate underscored the vast differences existing between them. Obama looked young, handsome, composed, and in command of the issue, while McCain seemed every bit of the 72 years old that he is, meandering, inarticulate, and stumbling all around the place. It was quite painful to watch.
Not only that, McCain just seems to be out of touch with what’s happening in the lives of working class Americans in the here and now. He keeps harping back to the days Ronald Reagan, Tip O’Neil, and even Teddy Roosevelt for crying out loud. He just doesn’t seem to get the fact that a huge segment of today’s electorate weren’t even born when Reagan was president.
Obama answered more lucidly what he would do about energy independence, heath care – calling it a “right” and not as McCain holds, a “responsibility”, and education. I thought his comment about his 53 year-old dying mother having to fight the corrupt insurance companies to get needed treatment was especially moving and made the point quite forcefully.
Barack Obama is the new “Camelot”, he is the new Jack Kennedy, he is the man of the future. I believe even more strongly than I did before that fate has entrusted the affairs of this country to the hands of a Black man, and with every passing day I am more overwhelmed with the spectacular sweep of history that I am being blessed by God to witness.