I don't know about you, but boy was I relieved that McCain was able to find the time in his busy schedule of thwarting the progress of the bailout compromise, and head to Mississippi to attend the first presidential debate. Although he would probably profess otherwise, he hasn't had the best week. His VP choice is falling off the deepest part of the deep end, the 'fundamentally strong' economy tanked, his supposedly suspended campaign seemed staged more than anything and he's now David Letterman's archest enemy.
Considering all that, I will give McCain some credit here, he did better than I thought he would. It was his debate to lose. I believe he offered nothing more than what most people already knew, he's experienced in foreign policy, he's a war vet, and he's got a furious temper.
I believe Obama fared a bit better, but not by much. One of his weaknesses is foreign policy, I believe he showed increased amplitude on this subject here, although it takes him so long to finish a sentence, I almost got lost in grammatical no man's land, where Sarah Palin apparently lives. (People that pause too much give me migraines. I want to finish the sentences for them. Except in Palin's case, I want to write them for her.)
I will say also Obama seemed calmer, smarter and more presidential. Just what I'm looking for in the next President of the United States. But seriously, couldn't they have looked at each other a little more?? There appeared to be no love lost between these two men, especially from McCain, who did everything in his power to talk down to the Senate newbie. Aren't we grown-ups here?
This seems more like playground bullying than intelligent debating. In the words of Rodney King during the LA riots - Can't we all just get along?