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Debates: McCain vs. Obama

September 30, 2008 at 1:54 pm
By Margaret Taylor '10

The presidential debates were ridiculously popular last week here at politically-aware Carleton.  Their timing – 8 p.m. on a Friday night – meant they found their way onto a lot of students’ party schedules.  Campus Activities contributed to the party atmosphere by projecting them onto the big screen in Boliou 104 and providing chips, dips, and sodas.

The debates opened at 8 to riotous applause in Boliou.  The venue was so popular that not everybody could fit in the room.  Many students were hanging out the doors trying to get a look.  But not to fear.  There are many television screens on Carleton campus, and most of them had images of Obama or McCain flickering across them that night.  Students gathered around the sets in the dorm lounges, Upper Sayles, or the Goodhue Superlounge and laughed at the politicians making fools of themselves.  (Remember when McCain found himself unable to pronounce “Ahmadinejad?”  Or when Obama called McCain “Jim?”)

If you managed to miss these debates, don’t worry, there will be more.  The vice presidential debates are coming up this Thursday and they will most likely be found on every television across campus as well.