Visuals seen in the presidential debate
Tonight, I watched this video recording of the first presidential debate of 2016 between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
In terms of visuals, one interesting aspect to note between the two candidates is there appearance. Clinton wore a red dress while Trump wore a blue tie and a pin of the U.S. flag. In the debate, appearance matters... one must "look" the image of the president of the United States in order to become it. I also noticed that both candidates seemed to be wearing a lot of make-up, presumably to look younger and more attractive.
The next aspect of visuals I noticed was there facial expressions and gestures. Both candidates had a confident facial expression, even when being insulted. I noticed that Clinton and Trump would even make "faces" when something negative or illogical was said by their opponent. Clinton communicated with her nonverbals (face, eyes) that Trump was irrational when it wasn't her turn to talk verbally. In addition, both talked with their hands and occasionally wrote notes to appear as if they were thinking hard.
In the debate, I thought it was interesting that the legitimacy of Obama's birth certificate was addressed since we discussed this in class. I immediately thought of the political cartoons of Obama as a monkey. It is a shame that this is still being debated and disagreed upon today when Obama has been president for 8 years.