I didn’t have enough time available to catch the whole forum live, but felt fortunate that I caught most of the John McCain interview live, while I watched Barack Obama’s portion as a YouTube clip this morning. I certainly felt more engaged by John McCain’s live performance than by the taped interview of Sen. Obama. Perhaps it is that I’m a Republican, perhaps it is solely the liveness, but more likely it’s that John McCain was just plain engaging.
For a forum that was billed as “the American people deserve to hear both candidates speak from the heart,” I didn’t hear much from the heart of Mr. Obama. Even if you overlook how Sen. Obama stumbled over issues surrounding faith based organizations and you ignore this soon to be infamous, pay grade blunderous response, I don’t feel we heard much from his heart. Oh, the pay grade blunder…
Warren: “At what point does a baby get human rights?” Obama skirts the issue. “From a theoretical perspective or scientific, answering that question with specificity is above my pay grade.”
I did wonder how Sen. Obama was going to tackle the had to be asked abortion question, but I never would have imagined such a disingenuous and evasive answer. Of course from my perspective, I’ve been wrong, I’m sorry, and please forgive me, would have been the only acceptable answers from this pro-choice plus candidate. Tremendous lack of leadership in that answer.
And back to the from the heart issue; it didn’t happen for Barack Obama and at one point Pastor Warren actually had to say “don’t give me your stump speech” to which Sen. Obama responded, “This is hard I’ve been on the stump for a long time.” And I believe him and I think it was just too hard for him, because during the whole interview I never felt he broke out of the campaign mode.
On the other hand, John McCain shone bright during his interview. He was comfortable, often joking and refreshingly to the point when answering the questions posed by Pastor Warren. Want to know where he stands on when life begins, “at the moment of conception.” Marriage? “A union between one man and one woman.” No “pay grade” or beating around the bush, just what he thinks from his heart to us.
Barrack Obama has been on the decline for awhile now and last nights performance, and I do mean performance, will only serve to accelerate his decline. If I had to pick a winner from the forum, I would say it is us, the American people, because we got a glimpse of frankness, openness and genuine leadership we will have from John McCain in the Oval Office.