Watching the First Presidential Debate

Last Monday I went to a public viewing of the first Presidential debate hosted by CAIR-SFBA, a group that fights for the civil right of the Muslim American community. Since the viewing was only 10 minutes from my home, I decided to go.

I had a nice time meeting everyone and talking about the two candidates. The people who attended were very nice, and they were very welcoming. They served pizza, cookies and soft drinks, which were my dinner.

Needless to say, the crowd was not a Trump crowd. But there were a few individuals who voiced their ambivalence towards Hillary too.

I actually thought Trump started out strong at the beginning of the debates. Hillary seemed a little stiff at first, and a little nervous. Trump was echoing a lot of the Left’s criticisms of NAFTA, which I thought was effective. But as the debate went on, I was impressed by the depth of Hillary’s knowledge of policy. She was calm and thoughtful in many of her explanations. When Hillary saw that she could tough out Trump’s attacks, it looked like she began to relax.

I watched all of the Democratic and Republican debates in the primaries, and I think Bernie gave Hillary a tougher time than Trump did. I’ll have to watch those debates again on youtube to be sure I’m remembering this correctly. There was a lot more substance to Bernie’s attacks than Trump’s attacks, and Bernie put Hillary more on the defensive.

In the second part of the debate, Trump fell into the same pattern that he got in the Republican debates. Instead of fighting Hillary, Trump got caught up in defending himself against various media criticisms against him. I thought his answers to the moderators questions on race and the birther issue were terrible. When he started repeating “law and order”, I’m sure Lee Atwater was spinning in his grave.

It was interesting watching this debate with a group of Muslim Americans. When the moderator got to the subject of Muslims and the Middle East, one of the group said, “Uh oh, here we go”. At that segment, the group was very tense. They gave a collective moan at most of what Trump was saying. When Hillary gave a strong defense of our Muslim allies and the Muslim American community, a few individuals cheered.

It was a riveting debate. I thought Trump started out strong, but fell apart at the end. Hillary started out tentative, but grew stronger as the debate went along. Her smile seemed more sincere as the debates went along and Trump began to falter.

I look forward to the next two debates.

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About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He does a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippines Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since March 2013, he has also contributed cartoons to the Manila Mail, a Filipino American newspaper based in Washington D.C. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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