On October 18, Jimmy Kemmel had a segment asking people, on Hollywood Blvd., who they thought won the First Lady Debate between Michelle Obama and Ann Romney. Most thought Michelle had won while another thought Ann had. These people went on about how Michelle was more aggressive and accurate. One did admit to having only watched part of it. The Ann supporter was asked if there was anything in particular that Ann said. The woman replied, no I just like the way she looks.
The trouble with all this is there is no such thing as a First Lady Debate. Nada. Zilch. So what’s going on here? Are they transferring what they saw the candidates do to the candidate’s wives? Or have we been bombarded with so many ads, talk shows appearances and “news” of these women that it seems they have done a debate? Maybe but that doesn’t really explain how people actually “watched” it.
Or could it be something entirely different – vanity. Could these people, when approached by a reporter, want not to appear uninformed or stupid so they agree there was one and proclaim their views about this fictitious debate? Sounds a little like The Emperor’s New Clothes, doesn’t it?
I have to admit this insight has me a tad worried about the American voter. If they believe they saw the First Lady Debate what other things are they being swayed into thinking?
Why do you think people said they watched something that didn't happen?
Note: this was to have been posted sooner but Sandy had other plans for me.