The Debate - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

9:15pm EST: Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Debate Watching Party, Washington D.C. Convention Center

Obama started with his expectations for the debate. When he mentioned EIGHT years of failed Bush policies, the crowd at the Washington D.C. Convention center cheered wildly.

Now McCain. He says that Sen. Kennedy just went into the hospital. That’s sad, but it makes me angry that John McCain is once again trying to get “I care” cool points. Why does he always try to make himself seem like he is compassionate and caring?

McCain: I haven’t been feeling too great about a lot of things lately.

I bet. You played chicken with the debate and lost.

McCain says he is worried about corporate greed, and the crowd is laughing.

Obama is reacting to a question about the bailout. “We need more responsibility but not just when there is a crisis–not just when there is a crisis for people who have power and influence, but for the nurse and teacher.”

The crowd is cheering.

Debate moderator: Sen. McCain, do you agree with what Sen. Obama just said? …If you don’t, tell him what you disagree with.

The crowd is laughing, but I don’t know why…

McCain: Earmarks are like a gateway drug….I have fought against it…I didn’t win Miss Congeniatlity in Congress.

Obama cut off McCain in an ugly way: I don’t know where John is getting his figures. I close corporate loopholes…

The room is swelling.  When I first came in it was less than 1/5 full.

McCain just asked what is Sen. Obama’s defintion of rich.

Obama: There are people out there who aren’t getting taxed…Sen. McCain plans for the first time in history to tax HEALTH benefits..

Someone just yelled, “WHAT!”

9:25 pm

McCain: Who has fought to keep spending under control? Let’s let Americans choose if they want the existing tax code or a new tax code.

Obama: Oil companies would get an additional $4 billion in tax breaks.

Wow, there are some people dressed to the nines in here. I didn’t know that a presidential debate is cause to break out the club gear.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.