It’s not very often that I sacrifice my weekday evenings sitting in front of the TV. But being a political animal – plush animal anyway since I’m not actively involved into politics – I figured that watching the presidential debates would be not only my duty but also worthwhile.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. The Obama I watched yesterday wasn’t the Obama I watched in the debates vs. McCain four years ago. The Obama I watched yesterday was tired and spiritless, grumpy, disrespectful, tame – a rusty debater and a bored and overworked chief of staff, but in no way presidential.
This wasn’t the “Lichtgestalt” (shining figure) I remembered from four years ago: Convincing, self confident, quick witted, friendly and assertive. I wasn’t a citizen yet at that time but very much in favor of supporting and voting for Obama during the election this year.
I certainly understand that leading our nation in times of all sorts of crises is a very challenging call, and I wasn’t surprised at all seeing that all those obstacles were taking their toll on Obama over the past four years.
Election day is 33 days away and I hope Obama and his political advisors and strategies got the wake-up call yesterday evening. There are two more opportunities where I hope the catch a glimpse of the “We Can” president.
I’d made up my mind long time ago to support Obama because he stands for my American Dream. I will vote for Obama – not that it will make any difference here in Texas. The outcome of yesterday’s debate isn’t going to change my mind, but right now it wouldn’t be a vote FOR Obama, but AGAINST Romney. I hope the coming 33 days and two more debates will change this.