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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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

I do not like Obamas policies but that is just going to far !

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Tony - I've listened to the video at least three times now - and every time I cringe. I wouldn't walk across the street to shake Mr. Obama's hand, I admit that. But if I was on that bus and he walked on - I would give him the courtesy of the office he holds and just simple common courtesy. This guy did go way too far, and you can even see the people in the video looking back at him disgusted - as they should be!

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fetty 6 years ago from South Jersey

I whole heartedly agree with your premise that the heckler went too far. I am glad in the video we could see others glaring at the offender. I am amazed at our modern culture today , that ,anyone believes they have the right to act like a complete jerk no matter where they go or who is in their presence. This 'idiot' must believe he is the presidents equal. I also believe that Pres. Obama has taken responsibility for the oil spill as well as other mistakes his administration has taken in the past. According to Chris Matthews , former VP. Cheney was paid $35 million dollars to become Vice President . BP has had over 700 violations compared to 1 violation of Exxon 's !!! Much more will be revealed in the future about who and what corporations are involved in this caused major envionmental diaster.

As for your comparision to G.W.Bush and some of the acts perpetrated on him; none can compare to the Texans or citizens in the south ( I don't have exact infor. right now)who appeared at a town meeting carrying loaded rifles over their shoulders when Pres. Obama came to speak . This crosses so many lines to me and is unconscionable.

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV


Civility aside it's not a good idea to mouth off to the president because the Secret Service has no sense of humor in these situations. It could be hazzardous to one's health.

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Good point Tom! Man - I would have clocked that guy if I had been standing there. I'm really small - I'd have smacked him like a Mom type of thing on the arm - probably gotten away with it and chewed his butt out before the Secret Service could have gotten to him!

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tom hellert 6 years ago from home

You know me - no fan of lil Barry but shouting out like that is something no one can truly support especially after yhe abuse W took all over.But you have to admit that thee left stuck it to W all the time and started the shout downs-too, I did not think that was appropriate either.

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Tom - absolutely, the left was evil to President Bush and that's exactly what we can't stoop to! Thanks for your comments!

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sheila b. 6 years ago

Hmmm. I was all ready to agree with you, because I, too, believe we should show respect to our President - or again, like you, don't cross the street to see him. But I want to be honest, I think maybe it was good for him to know not everyone thinks he's the messiah. He's certainly been good at giving it, insulting people from on high the way he has.

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CornerStone51 6 years ago from Mifflintown, PA

I agree with you, Sis, but I think I also agree with sheila b. Can I agree with both of you??? Good hub.

Love ya bushels...GW

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Sheila - I thank you for a differing point of view. I do see what you're saying. I honestly understand what you mean. I'm really glad you posted what you did.

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Cornerstone/Sis - of COURSE you can agree with both of us! I think Sheila has a point - and am glad to hear that point of view! ;-)

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SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia

Good hub. Rudeness just lowers us to the slimy level of the leftists!

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

CJV a good hub and discussion you got going here. We have seen a lack of respect of all leaders, including religious and political in the States and the World for that matter. So I have to say it doesn't surprise me and it terrible wrong. Trouble is once that idea is let out of the bag how do you stop it - and who let this one out of the bag?

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Good point billyaustind - and I don't have an answer for you -- Thanks though for stopping by to make us think!

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Feel better now....I know I do! All that needed to be said. Sometimes we need to check our mouths at the door and keep our brains engaged. Manners and courtesy meant something in this country at one time. Like many things they have been tossed aside. All I can hope is that the rude members of these generations will be blessed with children who, like them, are capable of deviant behavior. As the various tribes form in America (result of Comprehensive Immigration Reform) we can expect this was be the 'norm' in behavior. At that point we will finally be the 'ugly American'. Thanks CJV! WB

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Tuckerp 6 years ago from Clifton Tx

Well I agree with you . But not sure he heard it . Remember the voice was right next to the camera . Maybe the impeach part but I don't think so .

Beside its not like folks are throwing shoes at him . Which so many just really loved when it happened to W .

C.J. Wright 6 years ago

I agree with your line of thought. I didn't see or hear anything that seemed overly disruptive/disrespectfull. Well one person said "your a liar" but thats about it. It didn't appear to be really loud and I saw no indication that he heard it.

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

C.J. - I understand what you're saying - and you have a point, it may have seemed loud given the fact that the person was obviously closer to the person recording - however - this is my point. Someone is speaking. Shut up. Say what you want before or afterwards. Loudly or not - and whether or not the President heard it himself - the people around the shouter did. You see many of them turn and stare. It's rude, boorish, crude and obnoxious. Shut up when someone else is speaking. It's common courtesy. Even if the speaker wasn't the President.

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Tuckerup - frankly, I think the same things that guy yelled out - so it's not about that - I think Mr. Obama is the worst President we've ever had and I pray ever will have. I also pray he is voted RIGHT out of office after only one term. Having said that - even though I think these things and I would't cross the street to shake his hand President or not - when he was speaking there should have been silence unless it was sounds of support or cheers or whatever. Even then, wait until the remarks are made. Let the person have their say. And I TOTALLY agree - I thought it was DISGUSTING that someone threw a shoe at W but even more sickening that the press were joyful over it along with the left of course. My point isn't what was said and who it was said to - the whole point of this Hub was - Be civil and courteous when someone else has the floor.

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Tuckerp 6 years ago from Clifton Tx

I agree with you . And I wouldn't do that . Matter of fact . In my home you don't wear a hat at my table . But being rude to the POTUS didn't just start the other day . Sorry but Obama has to take crap like the rest have . It's call Liberty being alive and well .

This hub is crying Sympathy to Obama . Only a year and a half ? Can't work Miracles ? Are you serious . One trillion dollars makes a lot of miracles . Telling his Daughters . Thats impolite to say . LOL ..Cool ? Calm ? Unflappable ? .Actually that is called a man without a conscience . This man has NONE ! No emotion about the oil spill has to stop . I saw emotion . He was going to kick some ass' .. Remember ?

I get your point . And agree . But it is what it is .

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

I can't say we disagree on many things but trust me - most of my writings is not "sympathy" for President Obama. HARDLY. It's a call to people like myself who totally oppose his regime to be civil - that's all.

6 years ago

Hey cjv - I agree that there is a whole lot less civility in our world today. But Obama is so awful, and such an enemy of America, that I can't help but laugh when people do stuff like that. Obama has done nothing to earn my respect. I guess that makes me somewhat uncivil myself - but so be it. I'm getting old and cranky and a lot less willing to put up with treason.

There, I said it. (just my two cents)

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

There you've said it X and frankly, I understand how you feel!

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KKalmes 6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

cjv, we had a good thing going here about civility and showing respect, but it deteriorated rather quickly...

How do we go from discussing civility and respect and then engage in the rhetoric from SS without admonishment?

"Good hub. Rudeness just lowers us to the slimy level of the leftists!"

Do we not at least recognize the irony of the intent of the hub and the disrespect being shown here?

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