President Barack Obama, during his final rally before elections, wiped away tears. His voice was raspy but it boomed. This, to me, was not a man emotional for fear of losing his job. This was a man—whether you believe he’s been a total failure, a success or something in between—who was emotional because he cares about making a positive difference. He has faltered and he has, especially in this age of shortening attention spans and quick fixes, failed to deliver on his promises. But this all seems not from a lack of caring or of sound choices or of work ethic but out of naivety for the slow-grind that is American politics. A president cannot know what it is like to be president until he is president. Barack Obama put himself out there on the grandest stage and with the world’s hopes on his shoulders and did the best that he could. He dared, as Thomas Jefferson so eloquently said, “while daring greatly.”
Of course men crying, especially in public, is about as low as it gets in the minds of some people. At the least, it’s an opportunity to attack. Twitter certainly showcased this:
Here’s the video. Decide for yourself.
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