Here’s my pumpkin this year. I took it to the Halloween party at our church and my membership is still in good standing as far as I know.
I was hoping a McCain or Palin pumpkin would show up but no such luck.
My three Obama buttons arrived by mail today. They couldn’t have come soon enough because a McCain figurine showed up on my desk at work this afternoon. I don’t know who the thoughtful conservative is but he/she is in dire need of an Obama button.
My plan is to sneak them on to the jackets of my most conservative workers without being noticed. I already have all three people in mind.
Update: Stephen pointed me to this video that shows Obama and McCain shaking hands at the very end of the debate. Thanks for the link.
Although I’ve publically supported Barack Obama, I’ve come to respect John McCain. I listened to all the speeches given at the Republican National Convention and was most impressed by McCain’s acceptance speech. I may not agree with him on all issues but there’s no denying he cares about this great country.
But tonight I saw McCain do something that disappointed me and, I’m sure, many Americans.
I grew up playing various sports and was taught that no matter how mean and nasty things got out on the field, I always respected my opponent by shaking his hand at the end of the game. There were many times this was not easy to do, especially after a bitter contest with a rival where my team come out on the losing end. Win or lose, all team members were expected to exhibit good sportsmanship.
Tonight’s town hall debate was informative. It also became heated during several exchanges between the candidates. But McCain should have had the class and dignity to shake Obama’s outstretched hand at the end of the debate. McCain was able shake the hands of various citizens in the crowd so why not Obama? Kudos to Cindy McCain for showing her husband how it’s done and setting a good example for the youth of this nation.
During the debate, McCain referenced the need for a bipartisan solution to many problems facing our country including the economic crisis and meeting our nation’s health care needs. It’s hard to imagine McCain leading a bipartisan charge if he’s unable to shake the hand of a rival.
Tonight, McCain’s outright distain for his rival got in the way of good sportsmanship.
Dave Winer linked to this AP photograph taken of Obama speaking to a group of 200,000 Germans in Berlin this week. Seeing all those American flags causes me to pause in wonder. How do we go about rebuilding the damage we’ve done to our allies over the past eight years? I believe this is a step in the direction but it will take years to repair.
It took a picture of the Democratic nominee speaking to a bunch of Germans to finally give me hope that we can turn things around here in America. I’m still not entirely comfortable casting my vote for Obama but I’m heading that direction. The more I hear him speak the more hope I have for a better America.
Check out the guy holding the MacBook as his camera. 🙂