President Bush & Senator Kerry in St. Louis Town Hall


Watched the town hall meeting last night with Jill on C-Span. They’re replaying it at 10 am Saturday morning and perhaps at other times today.

President Bush answered effectively on issues such as abortion. Kerry does a better job holding forth on issues overall, in my opinion. President Bush has difficulty thinking on his feet and expressing, for instance, what the Constitution says and applying it. I would have the same difficulty, but I’m not runnning for president.

Keith Olberman compares the debate with a boxing match, and you get a good “blow-by-blow” of details and behind the scenes fact-checking from this format on his blog style piece.

Here’s an example:

The Scorer’s Table, having taken two hours to let the Blogosphere complete its due diligence (and to permit the scorer to retreat to a corner of the room, don cold compresses, and moan quietly), can now quote the truth from “Factcheck.Org”: “President Bush himself would have qualified as a ‘small business owner’ under the Republican definition, based on his 2001 federal income tax returns. He reported $84 of business income from his part ownership of a timber-growing enterprise.” Brooks Jackson’s marvelous site noted that the timber interest was listed under “royalties” in his 2002 and 2003 returns, indicating The Texas Thunderbolt still has an interest in said concern.

The point awarded to Mr. Bush in the thirteenth round is hereby withdrawn and awarded to Mr. Kerry, for the latter’s enterprising hoisting of his opponent on said opponent’s own petard.

Mr. Bush is also penalized three points for a truth foul.
Mr. Bush is further penalized two points for getting snarky while in the act of being factually incorrect.

Gotta go. A Jehovah’s Witness named Theta Word is coming by to have a “Bible Discussion.” This type of discussion is new for me in that I approach them differently than ever before. I’m not interested in “proving her wrong” as much as engaging her with Christ living in me and praying that by the Spirit she might understand the witness of Scripture of Jesus as the Son of God and be able to seek the community that is modeled for us in the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

By Greg Taylor Posted in General

5 comments on “President Bush & Senator Kerry in St. Louis Town Hall

  1. Hey brother, i enjoyed seeing you at Pepperdine!!!! You were a great encouragement. I lost your e-mail, send me a line sometime if you still have mine. God bless you keep letting the Spririt lead your keystokes.

    Todd Lollar

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  2. Greg, I agree with your assessment that Kerry has better debate skills. At the same time, being a good debator is not in my top 50 skills or attributes that I want in my president. If I win a fishing contest with Albert Pujos, are the Cardinal fans all of a sudden going to want me to be playing first base for St. Louis? I just hope we keep the debating in perspective.

    More importantly, thanks for sharing with us your attitude going into the discussion you are going to be having with someone of a different religious heritage.
    You gave us all a foot washing with your Christ like attitude. May we all try and emulate you as you emulate Christ. Please keep us updated on those discussions!

    Your brother,
    DU

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  3. Dave,
    Point well-taken. I agree, debate is only a piece of the pie, but it is a large one. I extrapolate this into Bush’s relative ability or inability to discuss important global issues, his diplomacy. Has Bush’s inability to interact well on a global level created more hatred and potential terror toward Americans worldwide? On this level, his ability to express himself and be diplomatic is important for our nation and goes beyond debates.

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  4. Isn’t it wonderful that two brothers can disagree with each other and it NOT effect their love for one another?!? Let me say right here and now that my love and appreciatioin for you is a LOT more important to me than how we feel about G.W. Bush! DUH!!

    Having said that…….debating skills are not a high criteria for me when deciding who I want to be the next leader of our country. As far as diplomacy, I see President Bush putting the safety of our country as a higher priority than worrying about how we are perceived in Paris or Berlin……or Tehran for that matter. I am 100 % behind him on that…..I think he has his priorites right! Appeasement doesn’t work with people who are full of hate, neither does diplomacy. It didn’t work for Chamberlin……it won’t work now either. You don’t need to learn the same lesson from history twice.

    Your brother first, countrymen second!
    DU

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