Video of Tearful Obama Is Awesome
Mary Elizabeth Williams: It proves he's a 'leader with a heart'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2012 11:20 AM CST
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(Newser) – A video now making the rounds shows President Obama shedding tears as he thanks young staffers in Chicago. Cynics are already having a field day, but Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon thinks the clip will resonate among the president's supporters because it's "an affirmation of exactly who we were voting for on Tuesday," she writes. "It’s a video of a leader with a heart." The genuine, raw emotion is "stunningly unique," Williams adds. Other presidents have gotten misty-eyed, but none has shown this "unabashed emotion." Read her full piece here.

A snippet of what the president was saying, from the Washington Post:

  • “It’s not that you remind me of myself; it’s that you’re so much better than I was. You’re smarter and you’re better organized and you’re more effective. What Bobby Kennedy called the ‘ripples of hope,’ when you throw a stone in the lake, that’s you.”

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timnielsen
Nov 10, 2012 1:08 AM CST
Pretty simple in my my mind .. the country is in the toilet. Some Clinton-esque bipartisan spending cuts combined with closing loopholes for the mega-wealthy might be a good recipe for getting ourselves out of the ditch we are in. I'm a Libertarian who makes $350K but am absolutely all for doing my part.
Ucantusethatname
Nov 9, 2012 11:32 PM CST
All Americans will shed the same tears after four more years of inept government and trillions more of added federal debt.
Riffran
Nov 9, 2012 5:26 PM CST
good ole liberal hypocrisy at it best....All the snide comments about Boehners moment when he got a little choked up, and when it's the liberal messiah shedding a few tears......praise and gushing.