It’s President Obama’s 20th wedding anniversary today as he takes the stage for the first debate. My question to you is if that matters in the least as we face wars abroad, economic problems at home, mounting debt, and an environment headed for disaster?
Now, I’ve been one who voted for Obama the last time around and even admitted on Twitter that I have voted Democratic in every Presidential election since I turned 18 in 1982 but this year I am at a loss. I’m disappointed in the hope and promise of the Obama administration and the reality of a foreign policy that seems pretty darned close to what came before (doubling down in Afghanistan). The problems in Washington seem even more intractable than 4 years ago while the country, and the world, are falling apart at the seams.
But I will say that as someone who has spent my fair share of time navel gazing over the meaning of goodness in the context of manhood, having a President who clearly adores his wife and two daughters is refreshing after Monica Lewinsky and any number of celebrity melt-downs. So that does matter in my book. Not as much as the lives lost in futile wars and jobs lost in a sputtering economy. But it does matter that the leader of the free world set an example for personal ethics as well as public policy.
What do you think?