Pres Debate and Media Influence

As you know, last night was the first presidential debate between Romney and Obama. Like I said in my first post, I recently became interested in politics and I don’t understand all the issues/solutions – but that’s why I watched, to try to understand and gain perspective.

I want to start off by saying that Elisabeth Hasselback, from The View, tweeted last night: “It’s not about LIKING @BarackObama Obama ( And I do) It’s about NEEDING @MittRomney Romney ( and we all do) #Debate2012 #debate #Debate2012.”  I have to agree that it’s important for Obama voters to LIKE and NEED him, you know? Don’t vote for Obama because he’s black or because he has swag or because he’s funny. Vote for him because he is honest and has a PLAN to move America forward. Vote because he understands that women own their bodies; he admitted that change doesn’t happen over night…aka four years; he has a plan for college students with debt so tall, Nicki’s barbies gotta climb it; vote because kids can be on their parent’s insurance until 26 thanks to Obamacare. The bottom line: he came into office with an inherited pile of doo doo on his desk. Four years after the fact, he’s still climbing out of the hole for us.

The one thing about Romney that is admirable in a way, is his aggression. It’s good, but it’s the branch of a catch 22. During the debate last night, Romney brought out his A game in presentation; he made us believe that he wants this–badly. He was passionate and spit stats and numbers out the wazoo. People are saying that Obama, on the other hand, lacked emotion and zest. Nonetheless, Obama stood out to me because of his references to history and common sense; history repeats itself – if something worked in the past (or didn’t work) making predictions for the future based on that something  is almost always the plausible thing to do. And again, it’s not about them, it’s about us.

Nonetheless, what we can agree on is that both sides represent completely different views and plan on executing their plans in different ways. America reflects this deep separation between parties in the polls. After the debate, I turned the channel to CNN. I work for the Marist Poll, so I understand the importance of learning what people think. HOWEVER, media has the habit of jumping on news, construing and misinterpreting information to get hits – abusing the opinions of the people. CNN (and I’m sure other networks did, too) had chart after chart taking apart every word, every topic discussed drawing the picture that Romney is suddenly more favorable than Obama (despite his 47% comment – which you may say was taken out of context, but as a presidential candidate you should know better, regardless who your audience is). They even had a focus group of MAJORITY white, middle-aged, undecided voters suddenly swaying more towards Romney. Now, from the perspective of a naive viewer, this could represent ALL undecided voters, persuading them to sway towards Romney also.

Anyway, I’m getting too excited about this. All I have to say is:

  • look past what is presented to you
  • think long-term
  • and vote.

Don’t worry, everything I advise, I keep in mind, too.

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