Countries:
Israel, South Africa
Candidates:
John McCain
Issues:
International Relations, Government & Politics
 

“Fight for what's right for our country. Fight for the ideals and character of a free people. Fight for our children's future. Fight for justice and opportunity for all. Stand up to defend our country from its enemies. Stand up for each other; for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America,” that’s how John McCain basically wrapped up his acceptance speech for the Republican Nomination to run for President of the United States.

Thursday’s speech marked the culmination of a shortened three-day Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. It also marked a culmination of sorts on Senator John McCain’s more than 40 years of public service. As the old adage about acceptance speeches goes, if he were to give a killer speech, he’d most likely become the next president.

So, how did he do? Bloggers and Twitterers from around the world took their first cracks at the newly minted Republican candidate as he received his time in the limelight. (Some of the language and content is suitable only for mature audiences.)

Let’s begin with those Twittering while watching the candidate’s speech.

Heilemann, from Copenhagen Denmark:

Watching McCain's RNC speech with half an eye. That guy creeps the hell out of me.

From Manchester, UK, Oliver Dore offered this:

McCain needs a coach for public speaking - his delivery, despite his message, is always flat.

And finally, Jye Smith from Sydney, Australia:

“We will build more nuclear power plants.” McCain. They clap. “We need to show the world how American lead.” They clap.

John Redwood, a Conservative Member of Parliament in England said McCain did a good job reaching out to Barack Obama and to all Democrats.

The contrast of McCain and Palin worked well for the Republicans. The Obama camp is driven back onto attacks and disparaging comments whilst McCain tells the world he wants to work with Democrats for the change America needs and Washington will have to accept.

A few bloggers took note to McCain’s references to international relations and politics during his speech. Neither of these two were impressed with the results.

Jonathan Berger from South Africa writes in his Phat at Forty blog at the Mail & Guardian:

I agree with John McCain that “we can’t turn a blind eye to aggression and international lawlessness”. There. I’ve said it. Bite me. Unfortunately, however, the Republican candidate for president was talking about Russia’s exploits in Georgia and not George W Bush’s foray into Iraq. Plus ça change …

Jewish blogger Richard Silverstein writing in Tikun Olam quotes the closing of McCain’s speech: “Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight,” he said at the end of his speech. “Nothing is inevitable here. We’re Americans, and we never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.”
And offers this argument:

Isn’t that precisely what’s wrong with American foreign policy?  We don’t study history.  We don’t read history.  We don’t learn from the past.  We don’t consider our options cautiously.  Goddamn, we make history.  That can be said to be the Bush position on Iraq in a nutshell.

Did McCain ever stop and consider that you can make history by stepping back from precipitous action and considering whether a big stick is the right or only approach?  When Jimmy Carter negotiated peace between Israel and Egypt he stood up and fought for peace.  But I don’t think that’s the kind of “standing up and fighting” McCain had in mind.

Our next post comes from Gotham Chopra, son of Deepak Chopra in the IntentBlog he runs with his father.

John McCain is a good man.
But he looks like a pretty old dude.
I am just saying.
And the crazy lady is his sidekick.
Though she's got sass.
Think about it,
And seriously, did some “community organizer” get her daughter pregnant or what?

Moving on, one of the surprises facing McCain during his speech was a couple of protesters who tried to stir things up in the conference hall. They were quickly drowned out by screams of “USA! USA!” and then carted away, but not before McCain could say “Americans want us to stop yelling at each other.”

Anyway, according to Patriot Missive, the crowd was instructed to fight back against the protesters.

No, not with riot gear or smoke bombs or flash bangs…  but with a chant.  A special chant.  One passed down through generations of drunken, steak eating, football playing, porn watching, red blooded Americans:

Chanting USA. USA.

Personally, I would have voted for, “America: **** Yeah”.  Chanting “U.S.A.” is so 80’s.

Two weeks, two major party conventions, a billion spilt words and now begins the real race for the presidency of the United States. I’ll leave you with this tale from somewhere in England, where someone placed a bumper sticker on a car that read: “John McCain’s a retard.”

Seriously, what’s wrong with people these days?
Impartial, that’s us. It’s just, you know, like, is it just the wind direction or does this election thing seem to have been going on since 1973? And aren’t the people at those convention raves terribly excitable…Oh, and the Republicans seem terribly impressed by the fact that McCain has seven children, despite any dog on the street being capable of multitudinous births. Talking of which we are, understandably, totally obsessed by Sarah Palin. She’s hot. And it’s not a problem at all that were anything to go wrong with McCain, she’d be running the world. We think it would be a fun thing. Besides, she totally gets the lips ’n' eyes make-up rule, which Michelle Obama so doesn’t. 

Ooh but ooh, the person we’re really enjoying is that man up there, the one who likes drawing pretty stars all over his posters, and who think’s John’s a ‘Mavrick’. Personally, we thought he was a ‘Maverick’, but what do we know.

Fancy watching 48 minutes and 56 seconds of a doddery old man wittering on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on…?

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  • 4 comments

    1. Jye Smith Says:

      Thanks for the post. Will be very interesting to see where this ends up.

    2. SMALLTOWNAMERICAN Says:

      I hate to break the news to “y’all” — but Southerners believe Biden should be the Democratc Presidential nominee (not the VP). Sorry to break the news.

      Biden on Obama: “I think he can be ready, but right now I don’t believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.”

      OBAMA WAS NOT VETTED — THE DNC AND BIASED MEDIA HID HIS SORDID PAST UNTIL OVER HALF OF AMERICA HAD VOTED. HE HIRED ATTORNEYS TO STOP THE VOTES FROM COUNTING IN FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN. THEY STABBED HILLARY IN THE BACK. HE HAS WRITTEN TWO BOOKS — ABOUT “HIMSELF”! DID HE TAKE HIS GREEK TEMPLE HOME WITH HIM?

      NOW — THEY’RE AFTER SARAH PALIN. IT WON’T WORK. SHE IS GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA — TALK ABOUT LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE! THE HEARTLAND OF AMERICA WON’T LET THEM BASH HER. WE LOVE HER. SHE IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. SHE REPRESENTS TRUTH AND CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN. SHE UNDERSTANDS THE REAL WORLD.

      McCAIN HAS WORKED FOR AMERICANS ALL OF HIS ADULT LIFE. HE HAS MORE EXPERIENCE AS WELL AS GOOD JUDGMENT. McCAIN MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE IN SARAH PALIN FOR VP.

      I’M VOTING FOR McCAIN / PALIN IN 2008.

    3. STOP THE DRAMA-NO OBAMA --- GET A BRAIN-VOTE McCAIN! Says:

      Obama has been running around like a chicken with his head cut off!

      WHY IS OBAMA CHALLENGING GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN?

      GOVERNOR PALIN IS NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT!!!

      WHY DOES OBAMA CONSTANTLY TELL US WHAT PRESIDENT BUSH HAS DONE? WE ALREADY KNOW WHAT HE HAS DONE.

      PRESIDENT BUSH IS NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT!!!

      And WHY did Obama challenge Governor Sarah Palin to a game of basketball? Why did he refuse to meet with McCain in town-hall meetings to discuss “issues” with ‘American’ citizens instead of going overseas to meet with ‘foreigners’ who can’t vote?

      He refused to go on O’Reilly until the night John McCain gave his acceptance speech at the RNC. Obama is a snake in the grass.

      OBAMA IS TOO INEXPERIENCED AND IMMATURE TO HOLD THIS OFFICE. HE HAS TOLD TOO MANY LIES. HE HAS TOO MANY TIES TO TERRORISTS AND ANTI-AMERICANS. HIS 17-YEAR ASSOCIATION WITH TERRORIST WILLIAM AYERS ALONE DISQUALIFIES HIM.

      I’M VOTING FOR THE HONORABLE JOHN McCAIN. EXPERIENCE DOES MATTER.

    4. moffett Says:

      Dear, Small Town American I can’t understand why you would think that John McCain is for small town American nor honorable (expecially when once he was released from captivity (his only small town experience) readily returned to the US and started cheating on his disabled wife who waited faithfully raising his child. Yea! I said it. He dumped his poor first wife who is disable ( Ross Perot was helping her financially ) for a rich younger one. That says a lot about character! McCain chants about getting government out of American’s lives but he has recieved a government check, medical benefits, housing, etc for his entire life. Oops excluding the one year he worked as the vice president for his new wife’s corporation before returning to a government job. He has no clue how average citizens work, live and pay bills in this economy. He voted against raising the minimum wage 19 times. I guess no one deservse deceit wages but the rich or finanically connected. Electing McCain and the Republicans back into office is like hiring the fox to guard the same hen house after they have slaughtered and sold off half the chickens again. Usually when people receiving the same old bad service they look else where. You don’t return to the same folks who treat you bad. I believe our country is suffering from battered woman’s symdrome in politics. After being beat up, lied to, humiliated, and disrespected we constantly go back for the same abuse. Our country needs to wake up, get therapy, learn from our mistakes. We rather stay with old devils than to try something new. That’s pretty sad!

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