• Jack

    Wow…my sentiments exactly on men crying in general and Obama’s crying in particular. The idea that real men don’t cry is one that is on a collision course with the Bible, as well as human psychology.

    And the idea that Obama’s tears were fake is Obama-phobia in overdrive. I have noticed in the past that he has gotten emotional when speaking about the child victims of violent crime, so this fits.

    As an Australian friend would say, “Good on ya, mate,” for speaking truth and sanity to our society.

    Having said that, I do disagree profoundly with the President on gun control. I think his heart is at least partly in the right place on this issue (no politician’s heart is truly pure on much of anything), but good hearts aren’t good enough in arriving at smart answers to tough problems. Gun control is all too often a “feel-good” answer rather than a “do-good” solution.

  • Gary Gabbard

    The whole problem with this conversation is as follows. We have got a president who thinks for all of us and he is afraid of all the realities of his own making and he is afraid the Americas might start doing something crazy like thinking for ourselves. All of this ilk be forwarned, you nor this President is going to get away with this.

  • Larry

    “he is afraid the Americas might start doing something crazy like thinking for ourselves. ”

    Given a lot of the rhetoric floating about, there is little danger of that from his opposition. There is just too much ‘stup1d’ taken as gospel truth coming from conservatives these days to think that people came up with these ideas on their own.

  • Gary

    Larry, it is important that we Americans drop the label calling and stick with the basics: the Psalmist said “I believe therefore I spoke”. If Americans don’t start speaking then lets just throw this whole country to the side. But if we start speaking more and monitoring less then more people can be in the narrative and more good comes out of it. Shutting peoples voice is not only anti-freedom, it is anti-God, anti-American, etc. Speak Larry, don’t label. Labels divide not promote, labels shut not open, labels inflame not educate. (The above verse Psalm 116:10)

  • Gary

    Mr Salkin, do we really think this is about tears? Or is this more about CONFLICT OF INTEREST. Power, should it speak its point from a pleading position (weak) or a discussing position (strong) How many times have we seen this president choose anti-respect, anti-democratic stances: discrediting those who disagree with him, preferring secrecy over clarity, disowning our Constitution, to name three. Often, daily, at will. This crying is not w Biblical cry, he is continuing his trend: divide, confuse, and misrepresent. His tears are doing what his 2014 election actions did: giving social security cards to people to whom it is illegal to work: divide, confuse, misrepresent. One of the comedians said it when Joe Biden said “I will appeal to the grown up wing of the Democrat party”. The comedian said “that is a small group”. We need action people in our country and less idea people. We need relevance and less theory. We need more parents and less children. Respectfully.

  • Larry

    There are just far too many subjects where the current conservative POV is based on misinformation, fictions and just plain hysteria to be taken as the product of independent thinking. Examples:

    1. Stumping for Creationism in public schools
    2. Global warming denialism
    3. The overwhelming majority of anti-gun control arguments
    4. “Religious Freedom” arguments by people who want to deny civil liberties to others.
    5. Most libertarian arguments which find corporations to be entitled to greater civil rights than actual breathing people.
    6. Most criticism of gun control measures (Evidently my desire to own a firearm overrides any consideration of public safety or personal responsibility)

    Not all opinions have equal weight or merit. Having an opposing view is not the same as having one which can be supported on its facts. Its not a matter of shutting out voices. Its a matter of leveling criticism at things which demand reflection and clear thinking.

  • Larry

    “giving social security cards to people to whom it is illegal to work”

    Never happened.

    “How many times have we seen this president choose anti-respect, anti-democratic stances: discrediting those who disagree with him, preferring secrecy over clarity, disowning our Constitution, to name three.”

    Please provide examples. I am curious as to what you think qualifies as disowning our Constitution.

  • There’s only one question here. Were there tears anywhere on his face before he wiped them away? Or did he wipe his eyes and then several seconds later, tears flowed?

    Just look at the video. Obama wiped his left eye in a very artificial way, all the way across, on the lower lid, with one extended finger. I don’t think anybody actually does that.

    Mainly, you can stop the video and look for tears. There are no tears until after he has wiped his eye.

    In fact, the same thing happened the day of the event, in 2012. Obama wiped his eye in the same artificial way. However, as many people reported at the time, there were no tears to wipe away. It was just a theatrical gesture that made people think he might be crying.