Thursday, May 1, 2008

Pity for Sleep-Deprived Presidential Candidates

I feel sorry for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain. Oh, I now they're all wealthy and powerful and have willingly signed on to run for the presidency. Still, I would hate to be in their position of having every word scrutinized and criticized. They've all gotten into trouble because they've misspoken. Some more than others.

What we need to remember is that these folks are getting by on little sleep. We all say stupid things when we're tired. We are a tad ornery. Presidential candidates are only human, and they react the same way.

They don't get much sleep. At one time, McCain said he was trying to get five or six hours a night. Obama said his best Christmas gift was eight hours of sleep. I doubt he's gotten much lately. Jeremiah Wright is insomnia in a pastor's robe. The whole country has noted Clinton's fatigue in unflattering, bleary-eyed photos. Her husband even pointed it out to the media.

Politicians are sleep-deprived, no doubt about that. Bill Clinton said sleep deprivation caused some of the "edginess" in Washington D.C. He was notorious for only getting a few hours of sleep per night. Harold Dean's rambling shriek that cost him his presidential bid was blamed on sleep deprivation. Mike Huckabee (remember him?) blamed some of his problems on fatigue, stating he was down to four hours of sleep per night. Giuliani spent a night in the hospital because he was so exhausted. All-night campaigning toward the end of a campaign is a badge of honor for all candidates.

Given what we know about sleep deprivation - specifically that it impairs judgment and decision-making skills - wouldn't we all be better off if these people would go home and take a nap?

4 comments:

Sweda said...

So, maybe this answers why they say so many crazy things! They're tired!

D-rail said...

Wow, I'd never thought about the president and sleep deprivation before, but it is S-C-A-R-Y.

Betty Butler said...

One interesting thought..."sleeping together...and presidential candidates"...hmmmmm too obviously in poor humor. IF one or all of them had to use a CPAP machine would make up hide the mask marks in the morning. And Robert, why are they designed to be so darth vadarishly ugly? No wonder couples lose interest and insist on seperate beds or rooms. And consider adapters for sleeping OUT at motels and bed & breakfasts that are ill equipped to handle TWO machines? It's enuff to blow a house fuse or send all the president's men to the corner 7-11 for fuses. Pity those of us deprived of sleep and the only news on now is so-0-0 old news.

Lisa Ray Turner & Robert Turner said...

Betty, great thoughts! Is this Betty from Albuquerque????