Big Difference Between How Obama and McCain See America
Current mood: inspired
Category: News and Politics
It must be campaign fatigue because Obamas answer to a question by a 7-year-old girl would make any adult to cringe. When asked by a 7-year-old girl why he wanted to run for President, Obamas answer seemed at a loss for words. In a packed high school gym in Indiana, Obama said, "America is, is no longer, uh, what it could be, what it, it once was. And I say to myself, I don't want that future for my children."
That is real comforting to tell a 7-year-old. Why doesn't Obama tell her that there isn't a Santa Claus? Jeez, Obama is really slipping.
In contrast to Obamas bleak impression about America, McCain at Marshall University in West Virginia gave a pep talk to the football team on the values of hope, teamwork, and overcoming adversity. For those unfamiliar of the adversity that Marshall University faces, let me shed some light. In 1970, a plane carrying the school's football team crashed, killing almost everyone involved in the football program. The next year, the school decided to restart the program under the guidance of Coach Jack Lengyel and won only two games. Years later, the school inspired the success of a handful of alumni who graduated from Marshall University and entered into the NFL like players' Randy Moss, Troy Brown and Chad Pennington.
McCain, a former P.O.W., said that in the Navy, "we were a team, and we had leaders. Our leaders were our senior ranking officers. They're the ones that, when we failed, they picked us up and sent us back into the fight. And sometimes we didn't always win . . . Americans are watching you. And I'm watching. And millions and millions of people will be watching, including our soldiers and sailors and marines and airmen who are serving in Iraq. They are going to be watching. And they are going to be proud of you. And they will know that this is a special institution because, we are Marshall."
Now, that is a message of a hope and courage to give to a team and to America. McCain gave the football team his experience in a P.O.W. camp. He tells the team that he can relate and understands what it takes to overcome adversity. Because McCain's love for America and what it represents, he describes the meaning to be patriotic. Isn't that the type of person you want to represent this country as president? Or would it be better to have a president that tells the world we have problems and to say we are sorry of our imperfections?