Unanimous response from us among the Right: McCain lept forward by bounds in the visit with Rick Warren at his Saddleback Church this past weekend. And, Obama — who I certainly don’t support politically but who I’d anticipated would do reasonably well or at least, well enough — fell flat in his visit with Warren in the same venue, preceding McCain’s visit.
Obama appeared downright unfriendly — to the audience present and to the audience via the televised event. He was tense, his body language dismissive, turning away from the audience, facing Warren throughout the entire visit, nearly negating any impression of “availability” to the public: stiff, rigid in body while his speech was meandering and wandering on most responses to Warren’s specific questions. But most offensive to me was Obama’s continued redirection (or, perhaps, interpretation) of Warren’s questions about a myriad of issues to a focus about himself, about “Barack.” Listening to him go on about himself as he did to what extent he did, while providing a number of conflicted or obfuscated responses on issues, was not only uncomfortable to watch and hear, but also offensive.
McCain made a great impression, to the contrary of that made by Obama. He upped the enthusiasm immensely among the Right, he refreshed the hesitations about his candidacy for the Presidency to rally those hesitations to confidence, and interacted favorably with all present, Warren, the audience, us the viewers of the broadcast.
What I saw and heard from and about Obama was a somewhat unfocused, impatient but reasonably nice guy named Barack Obama whose mind is busy and occupied but whose character appears evasive and because of that, manipulative.
What I saw and heard from and about John McCain was a man ready to handle the conflicts and pressures of the United States Presidency with focus and wisdom, succinct and available, and most of all, protective of our nation.
I now feel far more confident in voting for McCain this Fall and let’s hope he continues to surprise us with increased delights, as he displayed this past weekend from Saddleback Church.
Wizbang’s Jay Tea has written a good post about the event — the real question emerging after Saturday’s Saddleback event is that Obama and campaign immediately began the blame-game about McCain and everyone else when it became clear that Obama did badly (the comments on Jay’s post are a good read, too):
National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez discusses Obama’s woeful denigration of Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas – perhaps, “inexplicable” is more appropriate a description:
The biggest offense of the night, however, was Obama’s deceitful response about his position on abortion (and about partial-birth abortiion, specificall), his ensuing denigrations about Republicans allegedly “lying about” him and his position (while his legislative history reveals Obama to be lying, not Republicans), and Obama’s later admission when confronted about his own deceit, that he was, in fact, not being “truthful.”
Obama has had the weekend – two days since – to revise his opinions, while, horribly, no child who loses their opportunity to live the life they would otherwise live has such an opportunity when they are instead mortally victimized by acts made possible by legislation that Obama has both supported and enabled.
From MIchelle Malkin (with links):
All told, I now feel much more confident in my intended vote this Fall for John McCain. And I hope that McCain selects Mitt Romney for the Vice Presidential position.