Gail Collins shares my opinion that the visuals of the debate favored Obama strongly as McCain, “the wandering debater finally showed up Friday night, he just looked like a smallish, grayish, slightly grumpy guy with a grizzly obsession.” The consensus is that the line of the night was this one from Barack
John, you like to pretend like the war started in 2007. You talk about the surge. The war started in 2003. And at the time, when the war started, you said it was going to be quick and easy. You said we knew where the weapons of mass destruction were. You were wrong.You said that we were going to be greeted as liberators. You were wrong.
Obama merely needed to show he could stand toe to toe with McCain’s vaunted experieince on foreign policy. Barack far exceeded that bar and in the mix we get to see McCain as grumpy old man.