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About Last Night: No Laughing Matter

10:59 AM, Sep 27, 2008 • By DEAN BARNETT
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5) The "two bracelets" moment showed Obama at his "I have to be the smartest guy in the room" worst. This could emerge as the signature moment of the debate, where Obama's insecurities and insincerity combined to create a perfect storm. (Apparently, he couldn't recall the name of the soldier he was purportedly honoring until he looked it up on his bracelet.)

America is still getting to know Barack Obama. Last night, the candidate did himself no favors. Mind you, I'm not a habitual hater of Obama. I've never called him "despicable" or "evil," the terms most currently in vogue on the left to describe John McCain. In fact, as I've written many times, from everything I've heard Barack Obama is a good guy. But he didn't come across as one last night.