I saw this first on Malkin’s blog and ignored it. But then I clicked on the National Review’s Campaign Spot blog and decided to do a little poking around.
To set this up: During the debate, McCain mentioned the bracelet that he wears for a soldier who was killed in Iraq. Obama then pointed out that he too wears a bracelet, given to him by the mother of a soldier with the message that Obama do everything he can to ensure that another mother doesn’t have to endure what she has.
Well, it looks like Malkin and the National Review think it’s important that Obama looked at the bracelet on his wrist while speaking about it. They think it was because he couldn’t remember the name on the bracelet. Since I’m in the tank for Obama, I think it’s, you know, kind of normal that you touch and look at something that has significance for you while you talk about it.
I think it is FUNNY that the National Review’s Jim Geraghty resorts to phonetic spelling instead of using the google (like I did) to find the correct spelling of the man’s name. One search just using “sergeant ryan david” got me this post from February of this year. Even though that post doesn’t link to the NYT article, another quick search got me this post.
This is all pretty lame. Looking through the hits my searches got, I see that all of the wingnuts are going with the phonetic spelling — which is actually a correct spelling — instead of doing a simple google search. Pathetic.
Oh, and a couple of other things — the recording of the debate I made on my other tv didn’t have the hissing of McCain’s and Lehrer’s ‘s’s’, so maybe it was just my HD; the video on the National Review link has the weird McCain neck tie thing that I didn’t see on either the HD or the video tape of the debate.
My take on that is your response to the extranious things depends on not only what channel you watched, but in what form you watched it . . . it complicates the 1960 comparisons I’ve seen some people make last night and today.