Debate Poems - Writing Poems Inspired By The Obama-McCain Debates

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Poems I Wrote While Watching the Obama/McCain Debates in 2008

This is an old post from my previous blog, "Bridget Eileen's Commonplace Book," in which I wrote occasional poems inspired by the Obama vs McCain third 2008 presidential debate.

This time, instead of being at home for the debate I was doing laundry in Weymouth, all by myself. So instead of playing the sippy sippy game, I made a bunch of debate poems, just playing with their words and the stuff that's going on.

Here's the result. I might do something with it but probably not. It was mostly just playing:

I'm just going to take words from the debate and make up a poem about each segment:

#1


Joe Plumber in Ohio buys a business if McCain wins an election
American dreaming about plumbing into the camera some words some words some numbers
joe the plumber
joe the plumber
joe the

tax
tax policy
tax cuts
tax breaks to exxon mobile
income tax
capitol gain tax
working families tax cut
tax relief
tax increase

firefighter nurse plumber teacher what i want to be when i grow up day
librarian don't forget

spread the wealth around
he will spread the wealth around
you will spread the wealth around
lets spread the wealth around

families afford food
college education
a break
pay for the core
investment

pay a little more
even though you don't like it

Ireland

America



#2 Deficit

means
net
emphasis
proposed

subsidize
whole hosts
of lines

invest in
care
cover
prevent

profligate
values
freeze
tariffs

sweetheart
barrels

planets
disagree

they need to be eliminated

focus
surplus
hatchets

I am not President Bush

The Men Seem to Agree

look at
goodies

scars
prove
conduct


#3 Leaders

lie losing eradicate
disrespectful dishonorable lied
pal with terrorists

say it to the face
face the slander

tough

request this
reject and sit down no
so I knock out your knee caps

he looks at him he looks at him
the context is twirling around and spewing
distortion and its been getting uncomfortable

money money money
no words kept

I'm skirmish
Truth not told

slow slow slow to say what you want
so cool and not angry
I want to yell for you
I want to scream

deserve
a focus
on me

words words words
what they cost and what they do
what they say and what they enable
not sure

black girls in a church get bombed because the people are lead to think that that is what is wanted so now it is going again kill him they say and when someone else thinks that's not good and says you don't say that and

i'm still unemployed

idontcareidontcareidontcare

more Things That Don't Matter
more me
not caring

facts out
association
list list

records
are not facts

sling mud and look the other way
sling mud and say something else in the same breath


#4 vices

credentials
scranton
spiral
consequence
leg-up
crime
women
values
corporations
individuals
independence
kids
issues

role model
reformers
corruption
money
breast!!!
crony
autism

politician
base
research

security
agreement
spending
heartache


#5 climes

unilaterally renegotiate treatise
extreme environmentalists
nuclear wind tide solar spent fuel clean coal

identified
domestic
have three to five use twenty five
song

Hi Bread
Build It Here

no car company left behind

trade
corn for land
fur for guns
socks for smiling people

look at eloquence

displace community
free college

smile of indignation smile of grumpiness

condescending

then proposals that sounds so good
make my imagination tingle

and now we do this dance
dance dance dance-y dance
to things that sound phony


#5 i don't feel good

don't go breaking my heart
don't go busting my heart
don't go making me go uncovered
don't let me get sick

buy some pools
of quality
discriminate drugs

manage the chronic

prevent this only way of making me
saved

caustic costs of conviction
record me on line
walk in to the alarming fitness

reward wellness
take it and get what you wish
the fine for being sick
exemption song
exemption large
exemption small

uncompensate my
infection

here's joe again
hi joe
joe do you feel special?
i think this joe stuff is silly

five
thou
sand
no
healthy
old
people
afford
you

stunned beetle eyes
strip away cherries
exclude mistakes
fundamental

gold plated Cadillacs
across availabilities
fun
dam
mental
pockets of too much everything

chambers lead to unraveling
lower your
stop


#6 ten fingers and ten toes

litmus - pink, purple, blue
state
federalist paper
nominees for litmus tests of blown up
unprecedented qualified justice

ideological standards
found history
adhere roving
wade impositions

fair sequences of one point
the balance hangs
the scales

good people
women
religion
constitute
referendum

popular
importance
lily

do the job
pay the money

treat me right
she works hard for the money

courage compassion culture
extreme alignment contradiction

surprise
reconcile
commonground

unintended cavalier education
helping adopt sacred Bridgets across the world


#7 skewl

hear my ears perk perk perk
this is my passion
what will they spew?

system debate reformed
achieve invested drop-outs

account for the letters
I swim in this debt

I'll serve the public to serve the public

golden ashes golden words sing
you make him, you make him do homework

choice competition proven chart good
bad go elsewhere

throw money
throw vets in there without learning
throw out idea that might sound good

nickel bee left bee hinds
special promises strapped to higher
charts, reserves

bad swiftly moved along
vouch for them
(fall in line? over work? lazy?)

we're the kids of America
we're the kids of America
we're not just an interest group

transparent crying
request comments

creepy weirdo


#7 so long

can't get no satisfaction
clean up everyone
stewards of this point and that point and this point

whistling teeth
lines of us
serve you


#8 farewell

decades untackled
fundamental
fundamental
fundamental
change change change

happy daze
shiny daze
college daze
busy ness daze

come together right now

tirelessly for everyone here and to be here

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