Did you notice something in the 1st Presidential debate? Hillary did not mention Obama’s name very often. She made mention of ‘Obama’ only twice – once when she had no other go but to comment on the Obama birther issue and next when she had to comment on the Iraq war. What this shows is that Hillary is not riding on a feel-good factor that Obama has created but she is showing herself as a self-made and unique woman and that this election is about her and not Barack Obama. Trump on the other hand invoked Obama’s name too often perhaps trying to invite Hillary to defend ‘Obama’ and thereby make her look ‘incapable’, but Hillary was not falling for the Trump trick. She also was careful not to refer too much to her work as Secretary of state – she mentioned that only four times. Trump on the other hand kept referring to her time and again as ‘Secretary of State’. Hillary again was having none of that as she herself said ‘… prepared to be President’.
Here is an interactive summary of the 1st Presidential Debate. The entire sequence of the debate is visualized and layered with fact check data from Politifact. The question & fact check markers combined with the search feature help bring out hidden insights to the reader. Have fun!