Obama-Romney Third Debate – The Final Battle
As we head into the third and final presidential debate tomorrow night, Ewen MacAskill’s report in the guardian.co.uk, sums up the frenzy very well: Obama and Romney tied in polls ahead of frantic final fortnight of campaigning. Information regarding the details of the final debate can be found in the 3rd Presidential Debate 2012: List Of Topics & Format, Oct. 22. Details.
The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has Obama, Romney tied at 47 percent. [Aside: Ironically, 47 percent is the infamous percentage in Romney’s quote from his fundraiser back in May, 2012. Also, one of the most famous Japanese stories is about the Forty-Seven Ronins]
My favorite Real Clear Politics composite of eight major polls showed a razor-thin edge of only 0.2 percent in flavor of Obama, well within the margin of error!
Clearly, the stakes on the third and final presidential debate are huge! Because of this, both candidates may be tempted to violate the rules of the debate in order to try and gain the momentum. This could make the disregard of decorum in the previous debates look trivial and reflect badly on the candidates and our country. I have no doubt that the world will be watching the third debate since the topic is foreign policy. My parody for the third debate shows the candidates as samurais engaged in a final battle. The Japanese samurai class had a code-of-conduct, known as Bushido, which emphasized seven virtues:
BTW, I originally placed samurai hairdos on both Obama (bushy rogue style of Toshiro Mifune) and Romney (a high class shaved head with topknot), but felt that it made the two principals hard to recognize… especially Romney. I am showing both images in this post, but not sure if they will display correctly on your screen. Both parodies show Obama and Romney. Romney almost look like a Japanese with the shaved head and topknot! What do you think?
You can see a copy of the original movie photo of Samurai Rebellion, a movie directed by Masaki Kobayashi.
If you want to know how we got here, see my previous posts on the Romney vs. Obama series below.
Obama vs. Romney Parody Series – A recap of the first eight posts
- Obama vs. Romney – Part 1 (the original fight poster)
- Obama vs. Romney – Part 2 (prelim weight-in: a ‘little’ overweight)
- Obama vs. Romney – Part 3 (final weigh-in: lean & mean)
- Obama vs. Romney – Part 4 (Round 1 debate prep: ready to battle)
- Obama vs. Romney – Part 5 (Round 1 scorecard: Romney wins!)
- Obama vs. Romney – Part 6 (Romney’s victory lap)
- Obama vs. Romney – Part 7 (Round 2 prep: Romney’s Irish Jig/Obama’s Hulk)
- Obama vs. Romney – Part 8 (Round 2 scorecard: Nasty blows in Round 2)
Other Political Parodies
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