The First Presidential Debate Between Donlad and Hillary - By: Saeed Qureshi

Upright Opinion

September 28, 2016

The first presidential debate between the Republican nominee Donlad Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was held on September 26,2016 at New Yorkís Hofstra University. It was moderated by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt. It lasted for 90 minutes. The second debate is scheduled for October 9,2016 at Washington University in St. Louis. The third and the last would come off on October 19, 2016 at University of Nevada Las Vegas. The American presidential election would be held on November 8, 2016.

Altogether, six main questions were asked by the moderator from both the presidential nominees. The questions were about the economy, trade, job, racism, law and order, the foreign affairs and the security of the United States. There were also peripheral, additional questions by way of explanation of the main questions. Most subsidiary questions were addressed to Donlad Trump. The questions asked in the first debate are already known to the Americans public.

Prior to the debate, Hillary in her emails to her supporters hinted at her being nervous. Yet she kept her cool and looked steady and relaxed. There was a flair and freshness in her answers with a smile and occasional grin on her face. Her long tenure in the government started from being the first lady during her husband Bill Clintonís presidency (January 1993- 2001).

She was a senator for 8 years (2001-2009). During the first presidential term of President Obama, she was Secretary of State for four years (2009-2013). All this invaluable experience brought her a favorable outcome of the first debate. The visible victory in the first debate might give her more confidence to be vigorous and assertive in the coming two debates.

This debate has given considerable confidence to democratic nominee Madam Hillary to display more eloquence and articulation to splash her policies and objectives in the forthcoming coming debates and if elected implement her visions if elected as the president of the United States. Despite her recent health setback, she looked physically strong with a voice resonating with vibrancy and assertion. She kept her cool and didnít retaliate or respond with a matching accusative temperament and raising her voice as her contender did many a time.

She portrayed herself with a reservoir of information and abundance of statistics to beef up her former policies and actions taken as the 67th secretary of state from 2009 t0 2013. During this period, as she disclosed in her rebuttal, she toured 102 countries and inked several scores of agreements. She gracefully accepted her mistake of using her private computer for emailing of thousands of emails both classified and unclassified.

The fiasco during the anti-Qaddafi revolution in Libya was like a bubble that burst. The attack on the Ben ghazi American Mission and the death of the American ambassador along with three other colleagues at the hands of the hooligans could not be prevented even by the best of the strategists. Obviously it was a spontaneous outburst and the Qaddafi government was itself in the eye of the colossal upheaval resulting in the humiliating death of president Qaddafi and takeover of power by the divergent groups.

During the debate, Donald Trump seemed to be rowdy, evasive and sarcastic, occasionally making faces and twisting his lips and eyes. All these gestures were reflective of his nervousness and paucity of logical finesse and adequate trail of international affairs as well as of the United states.

The main emphasis of Donald Trump was to put a stop to the jobs being given or filled by the foreign workers. But its indeed a dilemma because what mechanics could be invented to stop offshore jobs and working from the home when technology provides such facilities and options.

The jobs and businesses being transferred to other countries or non-Americans coming to United States are not at the cost of the local manpower. A huge number of overseas industries and enterprises are owned by the American businessmen and investors and not by the Chines for instance.

It should be expected of Donlad trump that in the coming debates, he would be better prepared and equipped with adequate knowledge of the political history of the United States. Her should harness his debating skills skill and deftness in such highly crucial debates to prove who was the most suitable candidate to preside over the United States

Of late Donald Trump has announced to disclose president Clintonís sex pursuits which he refrained from in the first debate taking the plea that he didnít do so as Clintonís daughter Chelsea was also present among the audience. That was indeed a commendable gesture and must be admired.

But the somersault on this tricky issue shows how mercurial and slippery he tends to be about his pledges and promises. It is to be seen how Hillary is going to counter that distasteful situation and to beat off the attempt of her unpredictable rival aiming at washing the dirty linen about Clinton in the public. That might bring considerable damage to the current upbeat standing of Hillary Clinton.

The writer is a senior journalist, former editor of Diplomatic Times and a former diplomat. This and other articles by the writer can also be read at his blog

Posted on Sep 29, 16 | 6:46 am