In a crisis, we saw the stark difference between Barack Obama and John McCain

In an earlier post, a reader compared the styles of Obama and McCain when addressing the massive economic crisis earlier today:

I think it is extremely telling to read Obama’s remarks (and, notably, answers to questions) in Florida today and then to read McCain’s in Wisconsin. For one thing, as Obama said elsewhere on the stump, McCain can only propose attacking Obama as a solution to our problems. For another, McCain’s all over the map with a hodge-podge and rehash of previous and loopy proposals, most of which are bandaids and doctor’s office lollipops on a seriously bleeding artery.

That seems to be the consensus. Having watched both speeches myself, there really was a sharp contrast between the angry accusatory tone of McCain and the steady, measured message from Obama. Several political reporters picked up on the fact that McCain’s economic plan was basically an attack on Obama.

Jed also analyzed
the differences and put it on video, with this very astute description:

One the one hand, in Barack Obama we’ve got a statesman who wants to work together to get things done for all Americans. On the other hand, in John McCain we’ve got a yipping little dog (apologies to canine lovers everywhere) who will tear anything down to get ahead.


Starkly different styles. Does anyone feel comfortable putting that John McCain in charge of the economy? Or anything for that matter.

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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