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It was not that hard to predict Obama would be elected. But still, it was daring to make t-shirts picturing him as a winner before the 4th. In Chicago streets, “Yes we did” t-shirts were on sales even before Barack Obama’s victory speech. The first Black President’s  election already benefits to the economy!

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By Mélissa Bounoua

Interesting presidential debate tonight between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain. To read everything of The Columbia Missourian Live Blogging, check The Watchword blog and the Watchword Twitter account.

Fun facts we noticed: The most popular man tonight was neither Sen. Barack Obama, neither John McCain, it was rather Joe the Plumber. As the debate went by, both candidates used  the expression”Joe the Plumber” as a metaphor for the average American. The fact is that Joe does exist. Indeed, as precise the website Factcheck.org:

For those of you who don’t know what that exchange was all about, McCain and Obama were referring to an impromptu encounter between Obama and Toledo, Ohio, plumber Joe Wurzelbacher. Jake Tapper, at ABC News, has the full video.

The short version: Wurzelbacher is a plumber looking to buy a company. He’s concerned that Obama’s tax plan will raise his taxes. That may well be true.

This debate showed that John McCain attacked Obama as often as he could while the Democratic candidate tried to stick to political subjects. Even if the tone was more aggressive between the nominees tonight, commentators and pundits from the main channels agreed to say that this final debate won’t change the course of the presidential race.

Elections in 19 days.

By Mélissa Bounoua

Interesting presidential debate tonight between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain. To read everything of The Columbia Missourian Live Blogging, check The Watchword blog and the Watchword Twitter account.

Fact checking, links to the main news website, you will find everything you need to know after that second debate.

Fun facts we noticed: at the end of the debate, two McCain’s expressions appeared to be very discussed online. “My friends” -McCain expressions referring to American people (Jonathan Martin, Politico blogger said he almost set a record) and “That one” -expression referring to Barack Obama during the debate.

Next one in one week, elections in 27 days.