[via Steve Greenberg’s Cartoons]

The Debate Schedule!

September 26, 2008: Presidential debate with domestic policy focus
October 2, 2008: Vice Presidential debate
October 7, 2008: Presidential debate in a town hall format
October 15, 2008: Presidential debate with foreign policy focus

The Presidential Forum [link to transcript] at Columbia University was a cozy nonpartisan discussion on the anniversary of 9/11. I enjoyed hearing their unified messages about the importance of both civic (and military) service.

Obama: “America is the greatest country on earth. But it didn’t just happen on its own. It’s not a gift only, although it is a great blessing that we’ve received. It is also a responsibility. Part of what makes America work is the fact that we believe in individual responsibility and self-reliance, but we also believe in mutual responsibility, in neighborliness, in a sense that we are committed to something larger than ourselves. Now, that can express itself in a whole range of ways, but what has built this country is people sense, through voluntary associations, but also through public service in government, that we have commitments that extend beyond our immediate self-interest, that aren’t always motivated by profit, that aren’t simply short-term, that we’re thinking long-term, to the next generation.”

Charles Gibson snuck in some “tricky” questions during The Interview With Sarah Palin [link to interview transcripts/excerpts]. Some of her gaffes = wow. I was amused to discover that she softened her stance on global warming (she doesn’t believe climate change is man-made) even though it’s obvious she’s in complete denial.

GIBSON: Is that a yes? That you think we have the right to go across the border with or without the approval of the Pakistani government, to go after terrorists who are in the Waziristan area?

PALIN: I believe that America has to exercise all options in order to stop the terrorists who are hell bent on destroying America and our allies. We have got to have all options out there on the table.”

Good luck to those weathering the storm over along the Texas coastlines. Hurricane Ike is one massive Category 2.