Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Presidents aren't perfect, just like the rest of us
While watching the President's press conference this morning, I discovered something about him that I hadn't realized previously: I like him. I'm not saying he's an awesome president and I love everything he's done; on the contrary, my mental jury is still out on just how successful his presidency has been and what it's long-term consequences for our nation and me personally might be. But as a man, as a human being generally, I found today that I really like him. I enjoy his sense of humor and the slow, well-considered way that he answers questions, the way he refuses to get baited into making comments on topics he chooses not to comment on, the way he didn't allow shouters and hollerers to take over his conference and stuck to his agenda of speaking points and questioners. And then he still gave a few free questions to the loudmouths at the end too, and with a smile. I liked how he pointed out that a quickie air strike a la Libya is not always the appropriate answer to an international situation such as Syria or Iran, and asserted that politicians who like to casually suggest such actions should be held accountable for explaining the true risks and costs of such actions. Today my respect for the man increased. Again, not saying I approve every action he's taken as president, but I respect him. I now believe that whatever the outcomes may have been, his intentions were absolutely to improve the lives of the citizens that entrusted him with a role in their government.