I Actually Went to A Political Thingy!

September 20, 2008 at 9:21 pm (School, The Future) (, )

Madeline Albright was on campus today giving a brief talk and answering questions to garner support for the Obama campaign (which the University does not endorse in any way, shape, or form, of course).  I wasn’t sure I was going to go, but I had the time, and el boyo wanted to go, and I figured I should, so I did.

We waited for an hour with no word from anyone as to why it was running so late.  El boyo and I arrived at 3pm, and she was supposed to start talking a little before 3:30.  I was literally about 30 seconds away from leaving, as I had told el boyo that I was leaving at 4 if no one said anything (after a lovely little rant about how rude it was that we were all left hanging there with no word as to why they were running late or anything), when someone finally appeared on stage.  There was a brief introduction and then Madeline Albright finally walked in to a standing ovation.

She is a very well-spoken woman, punctuating her brief speech with some very amusing comments/jabs.  I don’t normally enjoy speeches, esp political ones, but I think I may have actually enjoyed it as the speech was about 20 minutes short and witty.  She outlined what she feels to be the six primary issues for Americans, plus the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I agreed with most of what she said, but I didn’t feel quite convinced that the solutions to all the problems she outlined was necessarily Obama.  The main selling point for Obama seemed to be that he was simply a change from Bush, whom she blamed for most of the problems, which she said were caused because Bush simply followed an ABC doctrine – Anything But Clinton – which ruined whatever good stuff the Clinton administration had of course done.  I understand that “Change” is the huge selling point for the Obama campaign, but I need a but more than just one word to convince me that this guy is so much better than McCain, since technically, no matter who is elected, it will be a change from Bush.

This is what I hate about politics – no one is apparently allowed to simply come right out and say, “I want to achieve X by doing Y and Z”.  All anyone says is that they want to do X, which is too vague to be useful (e.g. “I want to improve education in America!”  Well, that’s fine and dandy, but HOW???).  See, this is why I don’t do political thingys very often.  I get aggravated.  Also, bobble-headed people annoy me, like the guy sitting in front of me who (along with about half the audience but who was the worst one in my line sight) would bob his head up and down like a bobble-head doll on a rowboat stuck in Hurricane Ike.

So, in conclusion, I’m not going to run out and register to vote for Obama.  It’s just not going to happen.  I need a little more than “CHANGE!”  And guess what?  There are only 45 days left until the election, so someone had better start saying something of substance soon!

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