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Forum Post: Presidential debates, then and now

Posted 2 years ago on April 3, 2012, 9:14 p.m. EST by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai
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It was quite a moving experience watching this old video of presidential debates between JFK and Nixon:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6Xn4ipHiwE&feature=related

When we see how these days our candidates speak glibly about attacking a small country on the other side of the world that has no capacity to attack us, while then, they spoke of the significant threats of communist Russia and China.

The whole attitude of presidential candidates seems so different back then, they were so serious, even somber. Is this a big part of what we are missing in America now? That people just aren't very serious any more?

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[-] 1 points by Craptastic41 (16) from ANIAK, AK 2 years ago

They don't have a major power that can do serious damage to this country in this age. WWII hadn't been over for long in that debate. They were serious times.

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 2 years ago

Actually, I think we are the major power that is a great threat to ourselves. Iran is the potential meeting ground for the three major nuclear powers of the world, the US, Russia and China.

Both Russia and China have stated that they would defend Iran if it is attacked by the US, Russia for example has made strategic movements with its missile systems, while China's president has warned China's navy to become better prepared for war with the US.

Unfortunately, our situation is quite serious today, most people just don't realize it.

[-] 0 points by shooz (17793) 2 years ago

It's all part of the really BIG show now a days.

Lots of makeup and stylists, even set designers........................:)

Plus script writers turned speech writers.

Marketing says, that's the way to do it!

Smile, when you sing...Bomb, bomb ,bomb ,bomb bomb Iran. And so he did, yet he still lost.

Now they sing it all over again!!!!!

[-] 0 points by cJessgo (729) from Port Jervis, PA 2 years ago

Fifty five years of tv will do that for you.