I have to admit I haven’t watched the State of the Union address yet. There’s just something about listening to President Bush make a speech that makes me want to hide under the covers and wait til it’s over to see if he survived. So, I was really surprised to see this article by Tucker Carlson which says that John McCain wasn’t exactly nodding in agreement when the President spoke about Iraq. Did you guys notice this, and was it as bad as it sounds?
Imagine that you’re John McCain. You’re running for president for the second time, and this time you’re widely considered the frontrunner for the Republican nomination. Knowing that, you’ve got to expect that whomever is directing the television coverage of tonight’s speech is going to point the camera your way. You’re going to be on primetime TV, no doubt. With that in mind, you’re going to want to stay awake. If you’re McCain, who will be over 70 by 2008, you’ll want to make doubly sure to demonstrate your alertness and vigor. You definitely won’t want to slump in your seat, out cold, when Bush starts talking about Iraq. And yet that’s exactly what McCain did tonight, napping on camera for ten agonizing seconds. Lack of self-control? An expression of contempt? Embarrassing in any case.
UPDATE: Of course, in this age of YouTube, it’s impossible to take a nap in privacy. Tucker it seems was, sadly, right:
UPDATE, AGAIN: Garth writes, “In all fairness, I think McCain was just reading the text…if you noticed the man in front of him is doing the same thing. The camera often went to various senators and congressmen/women who were also reading. If you look closely, you can also see McCain blink at the beginning of the video.” Point taken!
AND ANOTHER UPDATE: This time, a correction to Tucker Carlson: “McCain was born in Aug 1936. He’s 70 NOW and will be entering his “73rd year” (72) at the Republican primary in 2008… ”
Hum… Maybe I should stick to Battlestar Galactica posts…
CHARLES adds: This issue seems to me to be settled. And Nancy, have you watched the SOTU yet? I was pleasantly surprised–and not by my new senator.