So as I type this blog, I am watching the end of the first presidential debate, and I am laughing. Did Trump just call the United States a Third World country, yes, yes he did. Did Hillary just call Trump a racist? Yes yes she did. Trump even questioned why Hillary dropped off the campaign trail to prepare for the debate. Her response: “Yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for?” Clinton shot back. “I prepared to be president.”
But I am not here to talk about politics or who I want to be President because I believe that everyone should have the right to believe what they believe. I am here to talk about the fact that the presidential debates are a media circus. And if they are a media circus, why are they so important? Well, I think they are important because it is the first direct comparison of the candidates. We get to see them side-by-side answering the same questions and “fighting” each other. Just like we analyze films and television shows, we can analyze these debates. Of course each candidate endlessly prepares for them making sure every word that comes out of their mouth is a benefit to their campaign, but what else can we take away from the televised event. What I took away was that Hillary, the democratic nominee, was wearing a red dress, to appeal to the opposing party and in the same respect, Trump was wearing a blue tie, to make him seem attractive to the blue democrats. Hillary made sure to smile every couple of minutes so that viewers can see her as a warm person, and not as serious and hardcore. Trump on the other hand made sure not to smile, so that viewers would take his run for President more seriously.
In class we talk about what these episodes are trying to tell their viewers, and through analyzing these debates, we can do the same thing with our candidates for President.