I voted for Barack Obama for President. I say that to get my bias up front and out in the open right away.
At the same time, I do not always agree with him. No president is always right, or always wrong–although to read some commentators you’d never know it.
Still, I admire the man a lot. I like the way he keeps trying. I like the way he keeps showing up and saying stuff that needs to be said.
I disagree with those who think he gives in to the Republicans too easily. Sure, I often wish he wouldn’t do it, but still I know he is the guy who has to make sure something gets done. I am glad he takes governing seriously enough not to simply recite old mantras, and instead tries to make the best deal he can to keep things moving.
Actually, I think the man has guts.
What brought me to this today? I admire his willingness to continue to wade into the mucky waters of the Israeli-Palestinian dysfunctionality. I admire him for being willing to state the obvious, and tell both sides they have to give some ground.
I admire his willingness to call the bluff of Prime Minister Netanyahu. I have never admired that Israeli leader, even as I have admired many others, right and left. Unlike them, he has always seemed uninterested in peace. Unlike them, he has always seemed more self-righteous than real.
So, President Obama, thank you for trying yet again.
What is it with famous men? Why do so many of them seem to have a gene that causes them to humiliate their wives?
Now its former Senator Ensign and former Governor Schwarzenegger . . . but last year it was some ball player or another politician or an actor or a clergyman or evangelist. In a few months, or next week, it will be another one. And during this political campaign we’re going to have to endure a lot of speculation about former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.
And lest you think this is limited to Republicans . . . think again. Men who are led around by their penises are found in all groups.
I’m gay so I tend not to run after women . . . but then I don’t run after men either. I love my husband too much, and I love myself too much, too.
There is something pathetic about a grown man acting like a teenager.
Fame or importance don’t excuse them. In fact, I think they are supposed to set an example. I am old-fashioned that way.
If you accept the mantle of leader, then part of the deal is to act like one. And a leader is a leader all the time, or he/she is not a leader any of the time.
Of course, if they admit wrong, God forgives them. I guess I do, too.