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|Saddleback forum told us plenty|
A "civic" forum, as it was dubbed, at Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in Orange County, California over the weekend should serve as an eye-opener for the American people who may remain undecided on whom vote for in this fall's presidential election.
Proposed as an opportunity for both presidential candidates -- Sens. John McCain and Barack Hussein Obama -- to meet with Warren to answer questions on a host of issues before a televised audience, the forum at Saddleback reminded us that it is possible for presidential candidates to sit in a rather relaxed atmosphere to field questions, which may give us some insight on what their presidencies would entail. Warren's forum at Saddleback accomplished that. It accomplished that in spite of today's political climate in which candidates for public office often engage in negative campaigning to garner the public's attention instead of conducting an honest discussion on issues important to the American people.
Author of the popular book, "The Purpose Driven Life," Warren established himself long ago as a widely respected man of the cloth. He apparently has touched millions of lives in a positive light, which may explain why some 25 million copies of "The Purpose Driven Life" have been bought by people from all over the world.
While one may expect an evangelical pastor like Warren to focus his attention on issues that are near and dear to the hearts and minds of social conservatives such as abortion, homosexuality and same sex marriages, Warren quizzed McCain and Obama on a number of topics. Those topics included the United States' dependence on foreign oil, the war on terrorism and faith in general.
It was obvious to us McCain outperformed Obama at Saddleback. We felt McCain spoke bluntly and honesty and without equivocation in answering Warren's questions. In other words, we felt McCain spoke from the heart.
We cannot say the same for Obama.
In typical Obama fashion, the young senator from Illinois pandered to what we would describe as a fairly conservative audience. He tried his best to moderate his liberal views.
Needless to say, Obama's performance at Saddleback most likely was a bit unsettling to his base of support among liberal Democrats.
Yet, an answer Obama delivered to one of Warren's questions was more than disturbing in this corner; it was an eye-opener to say the least.
When Warren asked Obama to name the three people he would turn to for advice in an Obama administration, the senator named his wife, his grandmother and former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia.
That response told us plenty. It told us Sen. Obama has a great deal of growing up to do before he is prepared, or ready, to serve as Commander in Chief of the most powerful country on the plant.
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