I was a bit disappointed with last night's debate. I thought both candidates more or less articulated the same foreign policy, with subtle distinctions. I am not a fan of our current foreign policy approach, which I won't go into here, so the lack of meaty discussion troubled me.
Obviously Obama didn't accomplish what he needed to do -- although it was interesting to watch him try to knock out Romney early. And obviously Romney passed the test of appearing at least as presidential as Obama.
But since I was so utterly disappointed in the substance, I want to just focus on the tone and style. I wish these things weren't important, but I think they are.
Now, to be totally honest, I find both candidates to be kind of awkward in their speaking style. And last night was no exception. But what really stands out for me is the condescension that Obama displayed.
His most-quoted zinger from last night will be that one about horses and bayonets. And it was a well-rehearsed line, I'm sure. But I wonder if his advisers were right to give it to him. The horses, the bayonets, and the "We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines."
I think it was actually Obama's strongest point to talk about right-sizing, capabilities and efficiency and what not, but it was ruined by sounding so sophomoric.
How did it come off to you?