Last night as I sat and watched The State Of The Union address, I could already see the blogs, the websites, the Facebook statuses just rolling in my head. When you are the President of the United States people either like you or they don’t. There is no in between. President Obama could have promised that all Americans would be lottery winners come morning and to the people who already have it made up in their minds to hate the man, it wouldn’t have made a difference. I understand the hatred of the politics he preaches, but to hate the man himself, I don’t get it. How is it possible to hate a man you don’t even know? To say that you KNOW him through the work he does, doesn’t mean you know him at all. What you know is the job he does or doesn’t do, you don’t know him.
What you know is things you read in print, things you see on TV, things you heard on the radio, and things you are told via hearsay. Unless you have spent time with Obama on a personal level and by personal, I mean you have known him for years and well before he was President and you can dial his number on the phone and actually get him as the person picking up the phone, you don’t know him. I repeat, you only know him based on his job. A job does not define a man.
Imagine you walked up to your boss, called him every name under the sun, told him you thought he was worthless, that his family was worthless, that he was a liar, that he ruined your life, that he had no business even flipping a burger let alone be the boss of you. Do you think it would be logical for you to expect to have your job in the morning? No. Most people who feel this way about their boss, think it in their heads, they don’t dare say it out loud. So again, I don’t get when I go on FB and read a million status posts and comments ripping apart Obama as a person, not merely as a President.
Republicans, Democrats, Tea Party, Pajama Party, Tardy For The Party…never going to agree on everything. So agree to disagree and meet on a logical middle ground. Stop tearing politics apart and work on putting real solutions together. It doesn’t matter if Obama wins the upcoming election or not, no matter who sits in the seat as President, there is always going to be people to don’t like the job the President does. There are always going to be finger pointers and blame gamers, but tell me what that solves? Sure, you feel better when you get every 4 letter word off your chest and tell em how you really feel, but could you do better? Could you really do better? Could you take a country in which the masses loathe you and convince them that what you say is what’s best for them even though they are NEVER going to believe you? Would you be ok is someone randomly just spit in your face or tried to gun you down because they didn’t like the job you did that day and that day alone?
I don’t care if you like Obama or don’t like him, that’s not what this blog is about. As the President, the man (and don’t confuse the man with the job) has earned the right to receive some level of respect. What does it teach your children to hear you spew hatred regarding the man? Don’t you think it would be beneficial to show your children that while you disagree with his politics, don’t really like the job he’s done thus far, etc., that there is always the possibility for change and that you have hope for their future? Wait, here’s the part where I get told that you have no hope, he’s screwed up the country for life, there’s no getting out of it, he should be impeached, blah blah blah…..SHUT UP! You don’t even know if I agree with you, so don’t try to tell me what you think I need to know about Obama. I watch the same news you do, I read the same papers you do, we may even share some friends, hell, my husband and I are believers of two different political agendas but we are still married. What I’m telling you is to show the man some respect. He’s earned it. Whether you voted for him or not, he’s earned it. You would want the same respect. Unless you think you could actually bring to reality the 15 million things you KNOW you could do better, sit down, take a breath, relax, and realize that you can’t. Be a better American, be a better human being, put politics aside, and respect the fact that the man sits in a position where he has millions of other “you’s” yelling and screaming at him day in and day out just as you do. Ask yourself what kind of job you think you could do with the weight of a nation literally breathing down your neck and attacking you as a person for no other reason than your job description. You don’t need to respect his politics, but you do need to respect him as a human being.