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Daddy Why is That Man Crying...

I am having a problem with the recent news footage of President Obama thanking his campaign workers. Maybe it is too old school to feel this way but I want our Commander in Chief to be someone that I feel is at least as tough as my father or my uncles. I accept shedding a tear for all the service men we have lost in the two wars. I accept a watery eye because of the suffering of hurricane victims. I have a real problem with blubbering, tears streaming down, because he won an election. I am sure he is appreciative of all that his campaign workers did for him. I’m sure the long battle for his reelection took an “emotional” toll. But this is our President! I want someone that is tough, has backbone and when you see him in all aspects of his life, feel he can handle any situation. I am guessing some reading this will disagree and the fact that our President can show his softer side is considered a good thing. I don’t think it is. I remember stories of President Reagan joking with his Drs. as he lay on the operating table after being shot by Hinkley. He was 20 years older than Obama and almost died. I don’t think we will ever see too many photos or news footage of Valdimir Putin crying his eyes out. I never saw my father cry. He has suffered serious illness and tough times. I never felt he was ever weak in any way and growing up that was a great comfort knowing that we had someone in charge that we could depend on. I would like my president to at least be as tough as my Dad.

You’re right, I’ve never seen Putin cry. He’s so awesome.

More seriously, I don’t get all soft inside when I see him crying and I’d like to think that I wouldn’t get teary-eyed thanking my campaign on TV but I also don’t think it does some kind of fundamental damage to the office of the President because the guy shed a couple of tears. It’s not like he’s habitually blubbering in the press briefing room.

[quote]smh23 wrote:
You’re right, I’ve never seen Putin cry. He’s so awesome.

More seriously, I don’t get all soft inside when I see him crying and I’d like to think that I wouldn’t get teary-eyed thanking my campaign on TV but I also don’t think it does some kind of fundamental damage to the office of the President because the guy shed a couple of tears. It’s not like he’s habitually blubbering in the press briefing room.[/quote]

It probably isnt a big deal these days but unfortunately I still believe in things that went out of date 40 years ago.

To correct an earlier misstatement, I have seen Putin cry.

Also, John Boehner is a seasoned public crier.

I do think you’ve got a point about politicians being more comfortable crying these days. The demise of the hyper-masculine stoic public figure is in some ways probably a good thing insofar as it limits the kind of idiotic faux-machismo that drives Putin to habitually go for shirtless horseback rides with big ass guns over his shoulder and camera crews at the ready nearby. But I think most of us–and certainly most of us at T-Nation–feel some remorse when confronted with the more blatant incarnations of America’s storied pussification. I just don’t think shedding an honest tear every once in a while is a big deal and honestly I don’t even think it fits into the aforesaid category. Men have been crying since the days of Achilles. You can certainly make the argument that tears should be reserved for things like devastating family deaths and whatnot, but I still see it as a non-issue so long as the President never blubbers or weeps.

Some of the toughest people I have known have cried at the loss of a close one, birth of a child, feelings of pride, etc…Tears are not weakness and neither is emotion. It is just being human. Sometimes it is just involuntary.

Now being an outright chick is another story. But he shed a tear or two for the love of his country and those who supported him. It is a non-issue.

Its not like he’s Dick Vermeil.

George H. Bush a war hero and good president cried when Geb left the governorship in Florida. It is on youtube if you want to find it. I do not think less of him I actually respect him more for it.

I agree with DBCooper in this instance.

[quote]nickj_777 wrote:
George H. Bush a war hero and good president cried when Geb left the governorship in Florida. It is on youtube if you want to find it. I do not think less of him I actually respect him more for it.[/quote]

Yeah, I agree, it’s not the crying that bothers me about Obama. It’s all of his socialist policies that will bankrupt the country that actually bothers me. He can cry up a storm who cares?

Because Celtic beat Barcelona?

[quote]jjackkrash wrote:
Its not like he’s Dick Vermeil.

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AHAHAHAHAHAHA…damn I still miss those days. At least the Chiefs were good at something then…