Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Ain't this a (bleep)?

So, this is my first post ever.... Whoo-hoo. Ok, so now that the fanfare is over, the business begins. So, one day removed from the NH primary, I'm devastated. Yes, devastated. I'd went two for two on the Iowa Caucuses (much to some people's chagrin) and I'd said that Obama would win NH. Well, so much for THAT.

Apparently Hillary's teary eyed appeal worked. What a crock, but how genius was that? It brought women back to her in droves. I don't get it. I'm a woman and it didn't work on me. I don't want a person who is already talking about being tired and the general election didn't even start yet. If you're tired, I don't want to hear about it. We don't elect our leaders to be tired, we elect them to lead us. You can BE tired and we know that you are, I just don't want to hear about it. You know what I say to that? Hell, well I'm tired too.

You know what this job entails and you know what running for it entails. It doesn't get any easier. The subjects get tougher, the stakes get higher, and the consequences get realer. (Ok, realer might not actually be a word, but it works for me) When times get rough in this country it is the President's job to calm us, console us, motivate us, and lead us. Now, say what you want about Georgie Porgie, and I could say plenty, but the man is a ROCK and that is partly what people like about him. In the days after 9/11 the man did exactly want he needed to do to help this country come to grips with what happened to us on that horrific day and to help us pick up the pieces. Imagine if the man had gotten on t.v. with his voice quivering.

Yeah, I thought so.

I'm not saying that the President should be an emotionless robot. By all means, emotions are good. Empathy, a bit of sympathy, and bucket loads of compassion are required to do the job correctly and meaningfully. But crying about how it's so hard and how you are so tired should not win you ANY votes. The trashman who gets up at 3:00 a.m. and rides all morning picking up people's trash and smelling like, well, garbage all day is tired. The single mother with 3 kids and 2 jobs, and is still a day late and a dollar short is tired. The homeless veteran who valiantly served this country yet sleeps on a park bench with an empty stomach is tired. These are the people that you are requesting to lead Mrs. Clinton. How can you lead them if you claim to be just as tired as they are?

It takes strength and resolve (necessary but not at all sufficient) to be an effective president. You and your crocodile tears need not apply.