That was as good as I could have hoped. Kerry looked and sounded clear, direct and presidential. Bush seemed both snappish and fuzzy-headed (those senior-moment pauses!); by the end, he seemed reduced.
Jeff Greenfield on CNN just said, clearly in agony, that Kerry looked almost as presidential as Bush. What Greenfield means is that Kerry looked as presidential as the myth of Bush. We saw the real Bush tonight -- a sullen brat in an adult's job who's clearly out of his depth. He was awful.