THE FIRST DEBATE
Who would aspire to be our President,
Believing him- or herself competent,
To bear awesome responsibility
To keep our people prosperous and free
And lift those who are not so fortunate,
By various vicissitudes beset?
May such a valiant aspirant be found
Who may proceed to valorous renown
By leading us to global eminence,
Strong in our values and our self-defense.
We seek astuteness, character and tact,
Which our two candidates have sometimes lacked.
So may tonight’s debate clearly reveal
More than the artfulness to make a deal.