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    Obama and McCain at the Al Smith Dinner

    I didn’t see the broadcast live, but I did just view it on You Tube after seeing some brief clips on the news. I encourage anyone who didn’t see the roast on TV to go to You Tube and do the search for Al Smith Dinner.

    It’s amazing the kinds of things you can find on You Tube.

    As ugly and smearing as the campaigns have been recently – I’m sure you’ve all seen the TV ads- this was a pleasant departure. You could really see the heart and soul of each candidate.

    McCain came first and though I’m not a fan of his, he had the right amount of levity and light heartedness befitting the occasion.

    Al Smith was a three-term governor of New York who ran for president long before JFK. He also began many of the social reforms made famous by FDR.

    In the audience was Smith’s grandson, who looked about 70 years old. One of Obama’s jokes about McCain was that he used to know Smith’s grandfather.

    It was this light hearted kind of banter that was seen between the two candidates and you see so rarely during the campaign.

    Last Saturday Sarah Palin was a guest on SNL, probably responding to Tina Fey’s portrayal of her on the show. I’m not a fan of her politics, but it was nice to see a laid-back and funny Palin.

    Before it came down to Obama and McCain, I was a die-hard Hillary fan. I know I’m among the minority of Democrats in Fulton County, though I’m happy to say I’ve seen a lot of Obama/Biden signs around town.

    Let’s face it, part of any political campaign is the entertainment factor.

    Bill Clinton was an excellent example of showmanship, though his choice of personal behaviors was certainly less than could be desired. He certainly had the “stage presence” of a true statesman.

    In my opinion, so does Obama.

    One of the turning points of the campaign according to many was Obama’s speech separating himself from his pastor, who was making more of a racial activist view of the campaign. Obama drew above that in order to show he was more main stream than that.

    Right now the polls have been close on who will win the campaign, although Obama is ahead thus far. There are a couple of battle ground states in the Midwest that may well spell the difference.

    One of those battle ground states is Ohio-my home state. I was born and raised in Cleveland and I’d like to think that my home state will make a difference in the in going blue although in the past although in the last presidential election I think they went to Bush, although not by a big margin. Right now the polls are showing Ohio is slightly towards Obama and I hope they go further.

    Either way you see it I’d like to make one thing clear.

    I’d like to get on my soap box for one minute and tell all of you that whatever your choice of candidate, you should get out and vote November 4.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com