Monday, October 3, 2016
TRUMP - CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, OPTICS DID TRUMP IN.
Icheoku says had a discussion with a top heavy Democratic Party operative who said that listening to the last presidential debate on radio or without visuals, Donald Trump sounded like he won the debate. But television is all about visuals and the result of the debate has since come out and the verdict is that the more relaxed, well dressed and more vivacious Crooked Hillary Clinton outperformed Donald Trump and won the debate. Icheoku agrees that Donald Trump was not present in the debate or at best, took an early departure from the lectern and stayed out until the 90 minutes flew by. Fortunately enough, Icheoku is proudly rooted inside the three baskets of deplorables, basement dwellers and super predators; and is fully committed to the MAGA project elect Donald John Trump the next 45th president of the United States of America. No amount of mistakes or lack of performance would deter nor force a change of loyalty as in Trump we trust and we are in it together until the last vote is counted.
On November 8, 2016 the country will vote to go entirely in a different direction from the last eight years of knee jerk, lackluster, Obama administration; which a Hillary Clinton's victory will only continue. No sane American wants a continuation of the last rudderless and directionless wish-washy governance and on Election Day, will prove a truism. Icheoku's rejection of the Crooked One is driven primarily by the fact that the country has had enough of the Clintons, and like the Bushes who have been permanently retired from national politics with the rejection of Jeb Bush during the primaries, the Clintons should and would be similarly retired and consigned away from American political life come November 8. Further, Hillary Clinton has nothing new to offer which she could not have offered these many decades of sticking around in governance and politics. Lastly, her actions and lack of consequences thereto should not be rewarded with the presidency of the United States of America; which doing will greatly rubbish all the many things which the country has stood for these many years.
However, the presidency of America must be fought and won and this is where Donald Trump might blow it if necessary adjustments are not made and his mistakes corrected in the next debate. He is an underdog and he must fight with feistiness and like he is absolutely hungry for the office which he seeks. To do this, he has to watch the video of his last debate performance and see the so many things he did wrong and then adjust accordingly. Icheoku says Donald Trump many errors in the last debate which he must avoid repeating and also work assiduously to correct and improve upon include slouching, sipping too many times from the glass cup, interrupting too often, breathing and sniffling too heavily and very loudly, squinting his eyes and trying to pick out faces of the audience, facial expression and overall shifty body language which tells a story of not being relaxed or rather anxiety and not comfortable standing on that stage.
Icheoku says any unbiased observer who watched the last debate would agree that Donald Trump was not his best on that stage; he slouched most of the times, somewhat fidgety and was apparently not his usual confident self. Icheoku does not know if it was being on the same stage with Crooked Hillary Clinton that did it or that he was thrown off his game by the turn of questioning. But whatever may be the case, he must try and avoid similar posture during the next debate, as his resting on the lectern and not standing chest-out erect, mirrors a different image from the hard-charging Trump who is ready to go to work for the American people. The lectern is not for his weight support, it is to provide a framework and a place to place light materials like one's hands, papers and a glass of water; but not the entire human weight especially of someone who weighs about 250lbs and on about 6ft 4in frame.
There is nothing majestic nor royal or even presidential, being so slouched and resting on the lectern and leaning so close to the microphone that his breathing and sniffling sounded so heavy and loud that the whole world took notice. Hillary Clinton posed better and this also counted in her favor too. Appearance and perception is everything visual but the Donald did not deliver to convince anyone that his spine is firm and strong enough for the weight of America and the world to rest on. The image he created on that debate stage was far different from the imperial image he shows in his campaigns and many people were lost for words as to what took him out of that stage. He must learn to stand erect and lean away from the microphone except when speaking into it.
Further, Donald Trump sipped too many times and in one of his many sips, Icheoku observed that no liquid made it to his mouth, leaving many people wondering if it was nerves that got better hold of him. Donald Trump must avoid reaching for his glass of water and one cannot but notice that the more seasoned debater Hillary Clinton never for once reached nor touched her own glass of water. What if whatever took hold of him was from inside the glass of water or whatever it was that was contained inside that glass. Icheoku cannot second guess how thirsty Trump was during that debate to have reached for his glass that many several times but he must try and avoid its repeat next time. Also following each sip was his licking of his lips and such does not make a good picture on high definition television; especially from someone who once berated John Kasich for publicly eating and talking during the primaries.
Donald Trump must also avoid interrupting and interjecting so often or at worst keep it within minimal. He must allow the moderator to finish his questioning first before answering and use that period to think out an answer or response or how to reconfigure it. The vibe from such a rush to answer does not speak well of his being calm under pressure; a quality expected of any president. He rushed off to answer and respond so many times that he did not help himself with the answers he gave. At best, it smacked of unpreparedness and anxiety and this must be avoided during the next debate. People want to be assured that during stormy weather, some steady hand will have the presence of mind to steer the ship of state to safety and regardless of the tempest, that the ship on which they are on-board will make it safely to shore. Icheoku says again Donald Trump lacked in this department and must take his calm pill the next debate. He should not only be rested and calm, but must also be seen and perceived by the watching public to be both rested and calm. American presidency is not for impulsive person; but one who is measured and calculated; and who will provide comfort when everyone is losing their minds, afraid of the worst.
The other thing that rubbed keen watchers wrongly was Donald Trump's numerous squinting of his eyes and his attempt to make out the faces in the audience, trying to see if he can place those faces starring down at the stage. Icheoku says that was another unpardonable stage presence mistake; a bad mannerism, because when you are on a stage, you own it and you speak to everyone but no one, hence no need to even see any face despite looking at all of them. Eye contacts should be avoided but pretended; just waving at no one while pretending to be waving at someone. Donald Trump is the object of attention and not the audience; and he should not have cared a hoot whoever the heck was there in the audience. He is the one to be looked at and not the other way around. Short of looking aloof and not present, just look over their heads, slightly above their eyes. Donald Trump also touched his ear, face and mouth area several times; this is not good as it shows discomfort and anxiety. Lastly, Donald Trump's facial expression and overall body language did not impress anyone; he seemed labored and simply put, not desiring to be there like something that was forced upon him.
Overall, the whole presidential debate is skewed against him and bigly. First he is debating a woman and the woman factor will certainly weigh in on the viewers, who will be comparing his performance against a woman who should be cut some slack for being a woman and already trying enough. Secondly, he is the underdog and going up against a "champion" requires a TKO in order to win, otherwise any draw will be ruled in favor of the champion. Then add the make-up, jewelry and charming smile of any lady and the odds weigh heavily against Donald Trump. So to win and win decisively, Trump must over-perform and out perform Hillary Clinton in every department; no half measures will be accepted nor is acceptable. That he is not in the best of physical shape to make some women wanna swoon and feel like a date is also something he has to compensate for with show of brilliance and fighting to the last spirit - strength.
Icheoku does not know why Newt Gingrich is not part of his debate preparation as he could have tapped into Gingrich's debating prowess and dept. Even the absence of Carly Fiorina is noticeable, who could have been playing Hillary Clinton and challenging Donald Trump as "rudely" as it can get, to truly pass him through the furnace before meeting Hillary Clinton. Ted Cruz would have also been drafted to assist with the debate preparations as Donald Trump would need the best toughening from his worst adversaries in order to be ready to face-down his worst nightmare, Hillary Clinton. Icheoku queries, is it possible that Donald Trump listens to no one and does not take any advise from anyone? Icheoku does not know the inside workings of the campaign to fathom an answer but reechoing Newt Gingrich, Donald Trump has to make the decision whether he wants to win the presidency and do the needful that is required or to remain obstinate and then forget a presidency that is so close within his grasp that it is his to lose. But win or lose, he will do it with Icheoku's vote as well as millions of fellow deplorables, basement dwellers as well as super predators. Best of luck Donald. Vote Trump and help make America great again.