The Tearful President

In case you missed it, earlier today President Obama held a session at the White House to announce he was taking executive action on guns. This blog post isn’t about the details of what, specifically, was done, or not done. You can read this for more information.

What this is about is crying. And mocking.

Surrounding Obama during his speech were several dozen family members of people killed by guns. He was introduced by a Sandy Hook father, and sitting in the first row was Gabby Giffords. Was this a bit of stagecraft? More than a bit. But it was also appropriate. The president has repeatedly stated how this country needs to take on gun violence, and here—at last—he was trying to act. Inviting those impacted makes sense. Politically, emotionally.

Anyhow, the speech was solid. And, at one point, Barack Obama began to tear up. His eyes reddened. Moisture gathered. He was talking about first graders being shot, and clearly it got to him. As it should get to any human. So he cried. Not a lot. But when a president sheds tears, it’s sort of a big deal.

I saw this, took note, moved on.

And then, this …

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And this …

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And this …

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And this …

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And this …

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And this …

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And this …

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And you think, “What the hell has become of us? Truly, what the hell?” Because whether you agree with Barack Obama on guns or disagree with Barack Obama on guns, you should be able to understand the human emotion here; should be able to at least grasp why this issue means so much to him. That doesn’t mean you have to back his action in any remote way. Hell, you can hate him, think he’s an awful president, beg for the Trump-Cruz administration to take over. Fine.

But why the mocking? You have a president. You have a bunch of people whose loved ones have been killed, and they were invited to the White House for this. That means they believe something needs to be done. Again, maybe you don’t. But at least we can respect the presidency, presume his intentions on this are OK and feel for those in attendance.

At least we can hold off on mocking.

Just once.

2 thoughts on “The Tearful President”

  1. Thanks Pearlman. You have a knack at taking the blast of emotions and rationalizing. The “respect for the presidency” notion tunes my emotions down when the shit like mocking upsets me. Frankly it shouldn’t. Shouldn’t even be surprised anymore. But damn, aren’t you more concerned with yourself if you don’t tear up a bit at the mention of the first graders? It got me.

    Fantastic perspective as always.

    PJS

  2. Stop trying to have a reasonable debate with people who will inevitably just end up shouting, “HE WANTS TUH TAKE YURR GUNS….!”

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