2nd USA Presidential Debate (22nd October 2016)

The highlights for this on BBC were just about watchable. Kept the TV volume low and I expect the edit cut out much of the bickering.

Hillary Clinton is the obvious choice when compared to Donald Trump. Her very prepared segments were delivered excellently; reminded me of old footage with JFK at times. Seemed to use long words intuitively simply because they were the best fit, then caught herself and recalled the simpler words and soundbites which have no doubt been extensively researched and briefed.

The show of a president is an important part of the role. They address the whole nation every week, quite unlike things here in the UK. The effect of that on national morale, national attitude and therefore the character of the nation is not comparable to Prime Minister’s Questions.

As for the actual decision making and operating of the presidency, nominations for the Supreme Court is another role we don’t have here.

As they pointed out, there are key responsibilities of a president which will affect the nation for perhaps quarter of a century. As the Democrat candidate and throughout her responses, hers would be an inclusive and uniting leadership to oversee a time of calm.

When translated into the daily operations of a real-life White House, the alternative personality of her opponent does not bear thinking about.