Time to be Civil No Matter What Your Politics
Please note as of August 2011, the link to the video was broken and had to be taken down.
This is a sad commentary on the state of incivility in our society. President Obama recently jumped on a bus in what appears to be a Memorial Day impromptu speech. It’s very difficult to hear what the President is actually saying, but it appeared he believed there were some veterans on the bus and Mr. Obama was thanking them for their service.
Regardless of what Mr. Obama was doing there and frankly, regardless of what he was saying and why, the person we hear the loudest acted despicably. Some unknown clod was yelling out while Mr. Obama spoke and I’m disgusted and shocked by how uncivil they were.
I don’t care what your politics are and anyone here reading this Hub/blog would know, I do not adore Mr. Obama’s politics. But the fact is, 1) Someone has the “floor.” Only a badly behaved immature jerk would act the way this guy did on the video. 2) Saying the ugly, horrible things this man said while Mr. Obama spoke was absolutely unconscionable!
Now - having said that, unfortunately, I believe Mr. Obama himself has fostered some of this uncivil behavior. I watched the thank you speech Paul McCartney gave at the recent function the Obama’s attended with their daughters. Completely uncalled for, McCartney had the unmitigated gall to say disparaging things about the last “eight years” prior to Mr. Obama’s Presidency making an obvious reference to Mr. Bush. Many in the room CHEERED this low-life behavior! If I had been sitting there with my girls, as the Obama’s were – I would have said to them, “That was impolite to say, it was inappropriate and we can talk about this later.” I can only pray they did that. But we all know how much Mr. Obama has continuously blamed the former administration for everything to include now, the recent BP oil spill.
He is the President and he has set this standard of constantly deflecting any and all blame no matter what the situation. He really has only been in office a year and ½. We can’t expect him to work miracles, even though he did indicate he would. Yet regardless, he needs to step up to the plate and stop placing the blame on everyone but himself.
I like that he’s cool and calm and unflappable in almost any given situation. This business where he’s not showing enough emotion about the oil spill has really got to stop.
Do I think Mr. Obama made mistakes with regard to the oil spill? Absolutely. Do I think he should pull out a big hanky and start sobbing for the cameras? Absolutely NOT! It’s not his style, it’s not him. If he did, it wouldn’t be genuine anyway and it’s not necessary.
Did I absolutely love it when George Bush surprised the troops the first Thanksgiving into the war and it was obvious he was overcome with emotion? Of course I did. But that was George W. Bush. That was his personality, and it was a natural thing for him that endeared him even more to our U.S. soldiers.
This nonsense that Mr. Obama has to start crying crocodile tears is lunatic. As is the criticism that he didn’t “dress right” when he went to Louisiana this past visit. Get REAL PEOPLE! I love Fox News, but one commentator said he should have worn “peddle pushers” – I’m not kidding, I actually heard them say that. I don’t THINK so! I do NOT want my President to wear goofy looking pants no matter what he’s doing!
He looked sharp and that’s OK. He always dresses sharp, even when he’s very casual. That’s the way he rolls! I like that about the man. Stop going after nit-picky nonsensical things. It’s petty and it’s uncivil. These types of hyper criticisms are beginning to sound as unbalanced and as irrational as the hatred towards Mr. Bush.
There’s a list of wrongs that has happened with Mr. Obama with regard to our military, his decision not to go to Arlington Cemetery and his response – or lack thereof - to the oil spill -- just to name three off the top of my head.
But to heckle the President is not acceptable I don’t care who you voted for! He’s the President for crying out loud! Let him say what he has to say and then afterwards get tacky if you want to blast him. There is no excuse for this type of behavior.
I have a great many beefs with Mr. Obama and this administration, but those of us who feel deeply passionate about the wrong direction our lawmakers and this administration is taking the U.S. need not stoop to their methods. Remember, we can take this country back to its Constitutional roots. Let’s do it civilly!
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