Why? Cuz he's cool like that. Unflappable. Why should he care that he's been accused of "palling around with terrorists"? Particularly if it's not true? He has a country to clean up.
If I had been on the fence about him before, he won me over completely last night because:
- His position on abortion was clean, clear-cut, understanding and non-judgemental. He spoke like a man with two daughters and a strong woman for a wife. It's pretty obvious they have a sex life and could be faced with a pregnancy. It's something he has to think about. And he's thought about it. I agree with his position on late-term abortions... but as he said, there has to be a provision put in about the mother's life. McCain's stance came across to me like a man who has made up his mind about something that is a rhetorical position... he can afford to be judgemental because it's not something that will come up and slap him in the face one day. And I LOVED that Obama stressed the need for sex education and programs to help young mothers.
- He refused to take swipes on Palin, even when they offered him the opportunity on a silver platter. Right there, he showed respect for women... but he also "dissed" her lovely (as they say in the hood) by not even dignifying her by using her name. Brilliant. You can "diss" without cursing or attacking.
- His healthcare plan makes sense to me. All I keep thinking with McCains is... Ok, a tax break at the end of the year. But um, suppose you owe taxes? Suppose you owed student loans or alimony or child support and the government eats your return? What then? Will they separate out your healthcare? I highly doubt it. Plus, what health insurance costs $5K???? Especially if you have a large family? And who the hell has the time to shop for health insurance? I had to, a little bit ago, and it sucked.
- Most importantly, Obama came across as a man who does not easily lose his cool. And when he gets ticked off, he smiles. Which gives him time to think. He doesn't rush in and stammer over words and get all flustered... he puts his head down and he smiles quietly cuz he's thinking. And I think that will get a better response with the crazy dictators of the world, than sputtering and flashing and leveling accusations.
I can't wait for this man to be President... it's funny. I need this change. I need Obama to be president. I need to see something majorly different happen in my life. I feel like I'm holding my breath, crossing my fingers, waiting for this change to come. And it needs to happen. My life depends on it. I know Joe the Plumber has some concerns... and not for nothing, I think Obama addressed them. But I got major issues. I won't be buying businesses any time soon. Not everyone needs a graphic designer or an artist. I highly doubt I'll be rich. And besides, my kid needs to know that a brown man can be president. So sorry, Joe... You'll be a a little uncomfortable for 4-8 years, but you'll be alright. Me? I don't have that kind of time...