Over the past couple of days, i’ve been fascinated watching the US presidential campaign. I’m not in to politics, never mind foreign politics, but we can all learn something from the sort of mind games that go on between Obama and McCain.
So McCain announced he was postponing his planned presidential campaign stuff to focus on the current economic crisis. In other words, he was trying to show he has the interests of the country at heart above his own personal interests to become president. He was also trying to show leadership plus he called on Barack Obama to put off his campaign stuff too.
It was a very clever move… almost snookering Obama. If Obama did indeed call off his addresses and meetings and what not to focus on the economic crises, he’d look like a follower so it would be a victory for McCain.
However, if Obama chose to ignore McCain and carry on, it could perhaps have left Obama out on his own and losing some friends as he could be seen as selfish and putting his own needs first.
So it was a real catch 22 for Obama and it forced Obama to come out and say something and take sides – i’m sure McCain thought he had Obama snookered as i myself thought there’s no way Obama can come out of this looking good.
Then, Obama comes out and says (in a nutshell) – “sure, we’ll focus on the economic crisis, but a good president can multi task and do several things at the one time – that’s what is required on a daily basis at this level. So i’m gonna run my campaign the way i want and i’m also gonna help solve this economic crisis”.
So what started out as a McCain attack on Obama, ended up with Obama dodging a bullet and firing it back at McCain
You just know these two guys have an army of advisors and physchologist and gurus around them so it really is fascinating to watch how they (a) attack and (b) defend.