Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Hillary Clinton at the MSNBC/NBC Commander-in-Chief Forum

Hillary was the first candidate to appear at the MSNBC/NBC Commander-in-Chief Forum tonight.  Matt Lauer began with a question about what Hillary saw as the most important characteristic for Commander-in-Chief.  Hillary replied: steadiness.
Our next Commander-in-Chief needs to have the steadiness, strength, and judgment to make life and death decisions.

Then Lauer launched into the emails. Hillary re-explained for the nth time the classification markings. Then came the Iraq war vote.  Hillary explained that succinctly and went on to speak about her record on her broader work on legislation for the military. Said she views force as a last resort.
Hillary has spent decades fighting for veterans, members of the military, and their families.

Re: Iran nuclear deal "if Iran cheats."  Hillary pulled that deal back into context and provided a rationale for putting together the coalition and imposing the sanctions.
"I will not let the VA be privatized." —Hillary
We need to do everything we can to remove barriers to the health care our veterans need—whether physical or mental.
Unlike her opponent, Hillary's plan to defeat ISIS is not a secret.
It should be noted that Hillary popped up out of her seat, stood, and walked while addressing questions several times.  As far as I saw, Trump remained enthroned throughout.  So much for the question of who has stamina and who does not. 

Trump came on and spoke at length about Hillary and President Obama when he was told not to.  He also informed all and sundry that Iraq has oil!  He said people do not know that.  Really?  Most kids entering 5th grade this week know that as they also knew before his "big reveal" in Detroit that Abe Lincoln was a Republican.  What is wrong with him? He seems uneducated even at a basic level. That or he thinks we are.  

He was allowed to bash Hillary and President Obama throughout and even compared President Obama unfavorably to Vladimir Putin and accepted Putin's compliment about him.

Lauer was exceptionally contentious with Hillary and repeatedly interrupted her especially when she referred to Trump.  He was very lenient with Trump's attacks on Hillary.  He made no effort to control that and allowed Trump to misquote her.  Hillary never said the plan to privatize the VA was Trump's plan.  She said there is a plan, not that it was his plan, but is supported by him.  We all know Trump doesn't have any plans!  And why was he allowed to hear everything Hillary said???? What???

In the post-forum analysis, very smart people do not know what Trump means by "take the oil."  What do you mean "What does he mean?????"  ISIS knows what he means!

And there is this!

Trump cites resignation of Mexican official as proof his Mexico visit was successful

Donald Trump pointed to the resignation earlier Wednesday of a high-ranking Mexican official as proof that his trip to Mexico last week was a success.“If you look at what happened, look at the aftermath today, the people who arranged the trip in Mexico have been forced out of government,” Trump said in a commander-in-chief forum hosted by NBC News in New York. “That’s how well we did, and that’s how well we’re going to do have to do.”
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My final two cents: Matt Lauer was a terrible choice for moderator, and he performed pretty much as I knew he would.  I would have been happier with Lester Holt or Joy Reid. 

Here is an annotated transcript from WaPo.

The first Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump showdown of 2016, annotated

By Aaron Blake, Amber Phillips and Callum Borche

Hillary's campaign would like you to see this:

Is Donald Trump ready to be our next Commander-in-Chief?

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un will be rooting for him tonight.