The Saddleback Sessions

Posted: August 19, 2008 by April Watkins in Current Events, Issues, Our Government, Politics
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The venue was odd…the commentator – an unusual choice…the entire event new to the political realm. The Presidential Debate hosted by best-selling author, Rev. Rick Warren at his enormous Saddleback Church in California seemed to be a success. Maybe it was because it was more like a civilized town meeting or your favorite coffee shop, but the viewer got to see each candidate in a much different light. No scripts, no news organizations angling for a scoop, no gotcha questions, Warren simply asked each the basic types of questions that Americans are asking themselves around dining tables each night. Who are these men and are they prepared to lead our country?

McCain, Warren and Obama at Saddleback Church event

McCain, Warren and Obama at Saddleback Church event

Regardless of whose political ideology you espouse, there was no doubt that Sen. John McCain took the night. McCain has found his stride and finally shown the right-wing Republicans that he, indeed, has a backbone. Far more prepared than his opponent, McCain was at ease, sure of himself and his statements, and, most importantly, spoke to the American people like a true leader. McCain never faltered when asked a question. Having already resolved his beliefs on critical subjects, he answered without hesitation in the mode of authoritative command.

A different style entirely, Sen. Barak Obama exudes a suaveness that cannot be ignored. He is the “rock star” of the two. He is an eloquent orator and a motivational speaker. But unlike McCain, Obama did not seem to speak to the American people – the average voters like you and me. Instead, many times his answers seemed like college lectures – theorems to be proffered and genuinely accepted, yet not truly proven.

A defining moment to me was when Obama was asked, “Who are the three wisest people you know in your life, and who you are going to rely on heavily during your administration?” Amazingly, Obama – at 75 days from the general election – had apparently not seriously considered this! He stumbled through his answer and came up with his wife, Michelle [which now puts her back into the mix of fair game for the media], and his aged grandmother. Naming a few additional politicians, he described not a Presidential Cabinet, but a roundtable “where a lot of different points of view are presented…” Mr. Eloquent will certainly bring “change” to Washington if he institutes Camelot’s Roundtable.

In contrast, when the same question was posed to McCain, he named General David Patreas without hesitation, describing him as “one of the great military leaders in American History.” Next, he named U.S. Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), considered one of the most courageous people in the Civil Rights movement. For his third, he named Meg Whitman, CEO of eBay, for her inspiration to create 1.5 million jobs or sources of income from a start of only 5 employees. McCain’s answers were indeed bipartisan and very insightful.

One of the most important matters discussed with each candidate was National Security. McCain’s answers were very perceptive and direct; with every answer sounding like a Commander-in-Chief. Obama’s responses were more theoretical and, most disturbingly, had repeating tones of utopian socialism. This, my readers, is very frightening to me. Space prohibits analysis of each topic discussed; however, you can read the full transcript at

Obama’s best quote of the evening is a response to “What is America’s greatest failing?” In his words, he states, “I think America’s greatest moral failure in my lifetime has been that we still don’t abide by that basic precept in [the book of] Matthew that whatever you do the least of my brothers, you do for me.” This statement seems to sum up the concept of Obama’s governmental view. He is a compassionate man, no doubt, yet he sees the world simply as a place that needs TLC, which unfortunately illustrates his lack of understanding of world affairs, global economics and the proven success of capitalism and free enterprise.

The quote which most of us will remember from McCain’s many quips comes in his answer to Warren’s question, “Does evil exist and if so, should we ignore it, negotiate with it, contain it or defeat it?” With a look of determination and steel, McCain instantly replies, “Defeat it.” He goes on to say “If I’m President of the United States, my friends, if I have to follow him to the gates of Hell, I will get Osama Bin Laden and bring him to justice.”

In the end, both candidates permitted us a glimpse of who they really are and what they really believe. It is now up to us, my fellow Americans, to analyze what we know about the character and integrity of these men who request our vote as we choose who is best to lead America. And that is…Why It Matters.

  1. Mick says:

    Excellent, professional coverage. Rev. Warren’s unique “debate” showed the clear choice. It’s McCain.

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