David and I decided to watch the debate at a Bainbridge Island bar, to see if we'd catch any commentary from locals. One woman sat down in a cloud of smoke next to me and said.
"If he says "my friends" one more time I'm going to kill myself."
"I think we should count how many times he says it, " I told her.
"You know, it would be a good drinking game to take a shot every time he says "my friends."
No, I didn't go that far, but the phrase did annoy me. I don't think of a Presidential candidate as my friend. I want this person to be my superior, with their intellect, passion, vision and experience. I want to look up to this person, have them be my guiding light, a role model for the common people. Maybe this person does think of the American public as his "friends", but he said it so often, that both David and I found it to be condescending. What did you think about that?
Another joy of watching a debate in the bar is the draft beer. My eyes wandered behind the bar, and there are clowny caricatures of Obama and McCain, nozzles for beer. McCain smiled grandly in his navy uniform, Obama stood on a "soap box" with a crown. It was great, and I cracked up, but chose the nuetral beer, Pyramid Hefeweizen.
Okay, there are people sitting in my "ferry bench" that are taking about the presidential race and feminism and Sarah Palin and I'm totally trying my very hardest not to completely freak out and deck someone. DO NOT VOTE FOR SOMEONE BECAUSE SHE HAS THE SAME ANATOMY, PLEASE!!! That's like me voting for Obama because he's black, or McCain because he had skin cancer 25 times.