Growing up with Republicans, I know how vile the talk can be about Democrats. It was so bad during the Kennedy vs. Nixon battle that I cried when Kennedy won. My mother finally agreed to giving me a birthday party, and now the world was going to end. I asked God to wait until after the party. When my birthday came and went and the world was still here, I thought maybe I saved it.
Over the next three years I heard a lot of Kennedy jokes. There were discussions about his policies too, but I only remember the jokes. Most were about how the Kennedys were taking over the country and they were all sleeping in the same bed. Not nice, but not vile. When President Kennedy was assassinated, no one celebrated.
I pay attention to politics, but have no party affiliation. I will admit to being thrilled when Obama won, and I will admit it was because he was black. Had a Black Republican been elected I would have celebrated that too. It's historic and I had given up hope of seeing it.
This week I watched the Democratic Convention to hear two people: Michelle and the President. Michelle was amazing. I want her to be President next. Then I can cross that off my bucket wish-list.
Before the President's speech, commentators were discussing Bill Clinton’s address the night before and wondered if it could harm Obama. People might compare the two administrations and wonder why Clinton was able to work across the Party divide and Obama hasn’t.
“So what’s the difference between Clinton and Obama?” The person asking seemed genuinely perplexed.
They talked about Clinton’s incredible ability to connect to people, and said Obama just doesn’t have it. He's so calm and measured. No matter what is happening, Obama remains steady. "He's not approachable."
Really? That's the problem?
So it was Obama’s cool demeanor that made the Republican leadership so angry they declared from the first day of his administration their mission was to make him a one term President. And have done everything in their power to make that happen.
Seems like some folks thought he was too uppity.