The rumors, jokes, snickers and innuendos have been around for at least a few years, but there wasn’t much concrete proof before THAT night. If you haven’t guessed by now, by ‘THAT’ night I meant the evening of October 3, 2012, when the long awaited debate between the two presidential contenders representing the major political parties, President Barack H. Obama and former Massachusetts Governor and executive businessman, Mitt Romney finally came to pass.
I have no clear cut idea why this particular presidential debate ,was so eagerly awaited unless it was to find out just what substance of which at least ONE of these combatants was made; and to justify or put down close and personally held previous judgments on both parties and persons.
It didn’t take long.
I had decided not to watch the debate at all, preferring to read about it from the various pundits on radio, television, Internet and newspapers the following morning. But the burn got to me and I did watch and listen for about two or three short segments over the course of the entire farce. It really didn’t take me that long to catch on almost at once that the one that I usually call a usurping imposter proved himself to be just that.
Oh, he tried to be glib and slick with polished words but it was mostly empty rhetoric; empty, uncomfortable body language and befuddlement; he was in so far over his head without his teleprompter, I now believe no government official should be allowed to ever use one. If nothing else, it would keep him or her honest, but more importantly, it might keep him or her from ever being elected in the first place.
Obama was up crap-creek without a paddle.
On the other hand, Romney looked so relaxed, so comfortable, so unpressured and spoke so deftly while at all times looking directly at his opponent, and configuration little shared by him. The only times Romney looked away from Obama was to cast a questioning look at Jim Lehrer when he was trying to bail Obama out of a tight situation.
Obama seemed so lost that if it were anyone else I may have had a snippet of sympathy for him, but fully knowing the man’s egocentricities and narcissisms I couldn’t muster even a tiny bit of empathy for him. As was stated in the Patriot Post of October 5, 2012 online, James Taranto a Wall Street journalist devised a theory that the Leftmedia (that’s all of the LameStreamMedia and left wing bloggers) “so pamper leftist politicians that they are unable to defend themselves when presented with a strong conservative argument from a determined opponent.” So as the Patriot Post said, “The irony is that the media had a hand in his defeat” making some feel that just retribution prevailed that night.
I , for one, was puzzled when Obama made such a grand effort to state how rosy was the climate of the economy; the economy that is all but in the tank and in shambles compared to what it was when his term in office started in January of 2009. One item alone speaks volumes of disastrous denigrations today compared to then; the price of gasoline. We are over the $4 per gallon in many places around the country and breathing heavily while closing in on that price in the rest of our homes.
Even while Obama still after four years blames Bush for all of his problems, I am reminded that he, Obama that is, told us to elect him in 2008 and he would CHANGE everything for the better. It is to be assumed that he would have CHANGED things like the economy and the price of gas that was around $2 a gallon, would be LOWER instead of HIGHER.
Had he investigated production of domestic oil it surely could have at least kept if from doubling itself and more likely may have been headed down to ONE dollar a gallon now four years later. And a $35 trip to the grocery store wouldn’t cost closer to the $75 that it does today.
Since the debate the Bureau of Labor Statistics claims the employment just last month, September, INCREASED by 873,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped three tenths of a percent from 8.1 to 7.8. How fortuitous for Obama; get shellacked in a debate to help show how incompetent you are and YOUR Labor Bureau magically produces a large gain in new jobs. In that this news is still hot off the presses I will not comment on it to except to say, “Wow! Where did all that good news come from Big Daddy?”
So I will refrain from further discussion until more information is available on how this good news was manufactured. Although, considering that four years ago the percent of unemployed was around 4.5, I guess 7.8 is still woefully bad and Obama will need to get to his friendly teleprompter for some better answers.
Gerald A. “Jerry” McConnell, 92, of Hampton, died Sunday, February 19, 2017, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, Mass., surrounded by his loved ones. He was born May 27, 1924 in Altoona, Pa., the fifth son of the late John E. and Grace (Fletcher) McConnell.
Jerry served ten years with the US Marine Corps and participated in the landing against Japanese Army on Guadalcanal and another ten years with the US Air Force. After moving to Hampton in 1957 he started his community activities serving in many capacities.
He shared 72 years of marriage with his wife Betty P. (Hamilton) McConnell. In addition to his wife, family members include nieces and nephews.
McConnell’s e-book about Guadalcanal, “Our Survival was Open to the Gravest Doubts”
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