Watering Hole: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 – And So It Begins

Monday, January 21, 2013 was a historic day.  It was the 50 year anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous “I got a dream” speech and it was the second Inauguration of America’s first African American President.  If someone would have suggested that history would merge on that date 12 years ago, I would have laughed at the idea.

Anyhow, I hope that you got to hear President Obama’s second Inauguration speech.

Congratulations to President Obama and Vice President Biden.  America is fortunate to have such strong and intelligent leaders.

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The Watering Hole, Thursday, October 11th, 2012: Tonight’s VEEP Debate

Now that the political pundits have finished wetting themselves over last week’s Presidential Debate, their focus for the last few days has turned to tonight’s Ryan vs Biden Vice-Presidential Debate. (I use “Ryan vs Biden” as opposed to “Biden vs Ryan”, as I consider this to be a “Visitor vs Home Team” contest.) The common discussion themes for the pundits boil down to:

1) Will Joe Biden blow it by losing his control – or his mind? and
2) Will Joe Biden blow Paul Ryan out of the water, thereby helping to make up ground lost this past week?

Personally – and this might just be hope speaking – I think that Biden’s very real intelligence combined with his decades of speaking experience will show Ryan’s reputation as the most intellectual (aka ‘wonkish’) guy on the Republican side to be overstated. (Then again, with today’s Republican acerebralists and anti-cerebralists, that overstated reputation doesn’t say much.)

Regardless, I believe that tonight we’ll be treated to a few memorable moments, whether they’re courtesy of a Biden fumble or Ryan eating humble pie. One that I would love to see, if foreign policy comes up during the debate, would be for Joe Biden to use his decades of often hands-on foreign policy experience to ridicule Paul Ryan’s supposed creds: “I’ve been in Congress for a number of years…I voted to send people to war…”

Foreign Policy magazine has put together what they consider to be “The 6 Best Moments in Veep Debate History.” While I may disagree as to whether the ‘moments’ that FP chose were the “best”, the article and videos make a nice walk down Vice-Presidential-Memory Lane.

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