Now that the McCain concession and Obama victory speeches have been given, I would like to give my perspective on the presidential race. First, I would like to say that I have followed this race with great interest. I have never been as interested in politics as I have over the past year. The primary season and the campaign between Obama and McCain was extrememly entertaining. My wife thought that I had hit my mid-life crisis and all of a sudden become all political and stuff. But what really struck me was the difference in personalities between the two candidates.
John McCain struck me from the beginning as a creepy candidate. Watching him give speeches during the primary campaign, I was wondering who glued the smile to his face. To me, he did not seem at all sincere when he was speaking. Then, watching him during the presidential debates, he seemed like the angry old man that thought anyone against him was just foolish. The sighs and rolling of his eyes in the debates were very disturbing. Personally, I think that cost him a lot of independent voters. In addition, I can't really recall many of his speeches after the presidential race got into full swing where I heard anything positive from him or where he outlined any of his plans for the country. When I heard that his advisors said that "if we continue talking about the economy, we are going to lose", I knew he was done.
In contrast, Barack Obama always came off as positive. He did not run a very negative campaign, and to me only seemed to get negative in the face of the constant attacks from McCain and Palin. I watched his acceptance speech after he won the nomination and was completely inspired. He is a fantastic speaker who portrays a very positive message. In the debates, he never lost his cool. No angry sighs, no rolling of the eyes. He showed me that in the face of a crisis, he would be the cool intellectual and not the knee-jerk reactionary.
Now to the other issue, the divisiveness that seems to exist even after Obama has won. I have been online since 4 pm on election day, reading the comments on the myriad of threads on newsvine relating to the election. I have read hopeful posts as well as divisive ones. It is painfully obvious to me that racism is still alive and well in this country, and that there are many bitter republicans out there that will never support Obama. This country is in trouble, and now is not the time to be partisan. We all must come together to support our president-elect and change the direction of our country and the way the world perceives us.
Please let me know what you all think. I want to see our country heal, and our standing in the world get back to where it was.