Thursday, September 04, 2008

Taking the High Road

A week ago tonight, while the rest of the world was blogging about Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention, I was blogging about dog wigs. My brother texted me after the speech had started to ask if I was watching history being made, which I wasn't. It's not that I didn't want to watch or intend to--I really just forgot that the DNC was on! I'm just so not a fan of politics.

With that said, I have since watched Obama's speech in its entirety, and I have to say I thought it was really amazing. He's such a terrific speaker, which I realize doesn't guarantee that he will be a terrific president, but it would be such a wonderful change to have a president who could communicate intelligently and coherently. I know that some of his ideas are lofty, but since I myself am very much a glass half full kind of person, I appreciate his positive message. I appreciate his effort to unify America.

Although I haven't watched a lot of the Republican National Convention, I haven't been impressed with what "highlights" I've seen. This morning on Good Morning America, they showed several minutes of Governer Palin's speech, and while she is a very good public speaker, I was aghast at her numerous snotty and snarky attacks on Obama and Biden. They showed clips of several other jerkish comments by Guiliani and Huckabee, who I think normally seems like a really decent guy--he's always been such a great sport on The Colbert Report.

After what seemed like a very negatively run Republican convention, I found Joe Biden's comments on GMA this morning so refreshing. You can watch the interview here, but basically, when asked what he thought about Palin's speech, Biden had nothing but kind and positive things to say. When Robin Roberts asked if he wanted or needed to change his tune in order to respond to Palin's attacks, Biden just completely refused to go negative. He totally took the high road. It was so classy and was such a refreshing change.

While I do, of course, care about where each candidate stands on important issues, I feel like I'm just as much affected and influenced by the "content of their character."


Beth said...

We felt the same way, Kim. I can't believe how many news reporters thought Palin did such a great job on the speech. Were we the only ones who noticed how negative and snide it was? Not to mention the absurd amount of boo-ing that the delegates did in reference to didn't hear Obama getting sarcastic once. I didn't know that Biden, too, refused to play the attack part that the media (and Republicans) would love to see. Hmph!

Amanda said...

This is a really good post, thanks for writing it! So many people thought Palin had such a stellar speech at the convention, but didn't even take the time to check the facts of it.... now the truth comes out and some of her crowning achievements weren't quite so accurate. And now she is whining about the media ... if she wants to be in this race, don't we deserve to know who she really is and what she stands for? There are some important questions that still remain very unclear...

Tish said...

here here sister!