Like the first Presidential debate, the much anticipated second show down didn’t deliver a straight knock-out blow either. Gradually, the Presidential campaign 2016 is turning into a low level display of accusations, gossip and hearsay, worse than I can recall from the nine previous Presidential campaigns that I have followed as a news consumer. The newly elected leader of the Free World inherits a tainted image from the campaign trail and –starting the day after the elections- has to restore credibility and dignity. One candidate grossly underestimated the impact of slandering by proclaiming: “It’s just words folks, just words”.
Delhi, 06:30. Watching the first Presidential Debate with the children. Munching away a bowl of cereal, little escapes their attention: “Why does Trump wear a blue tie? He always wears red”. The debate showcased no knock out punch from either side. Trump proved tough on the issues especially trade, yet failed to look like a statesman from start to finish. Hillary was more presidential by any standard, but failed to neutralize the persistent punches from her opponent. I am afraid this is going down to the wire. Ninety minutes passed by in the wink of an eye. “Okay guys, time for school”.
The US Secret Service has submitted a budget request to the Congress to build a replica of the White House. A one on one copy, that is. The replica should be erected on a training facility of the Secret Service and to be used for training purposes. This makes kind of sense. Responding to incidents and surveilling a domain is easier if you can -so to speak- navigate blindfolded in the area that you see to control. Perhaps it is therefore also an idea to reconstruct the Afghan-Pakistani Hindu Kush mountain range, or the Syrian domicile of the Islamic State.