In a surprise move, Roger Ebert sort-of reviewed the first presidential debate. But as is often done with movie reviews, I can sum it up by just quoting two lines (the first and the last):
I do not like you, John McCain.
I have instructed my wife to exclude you from any future dinner parties.
Ebert’s main was that McCain would not look at Obama, even while shaking his hand:
If you came to dinner at my house and refused to look at or speak with one of my guests, that would be bad manners and I would be offended. Same thing if I went to your house. During the debate, you were America’s guest. … What was your problem?
Ebert also didn’t like that McCain ran an attack ad showing three moments from the debate where Obama agreed with McCain:
What is the better leadership quality: (1) Willingness to listen to your opponent, and keep an open mind? (2) Rigidly ignoring him? Which of the two of you better demonstrated the bipartisan spirit you say you represent? Was there anything he said that you agreed with? Could you have brought yourself to say so?