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Stop Tryin’a Play With My President’s Emotions (Oil Spill)

June 3, 2010

Believe it or not, there are some people in this country who could care less about what is happening in the Gulf and the BP Oil Spill.  These aren’t just the talking heads we see on TV, or irrational former governors of Alaska trying to keep her name in lights, but also your everyday average citizen.  They don’t think it’s a big deal.  They don’t think the Gulf will suffer long term- same for the ocean.  They aren’t moved by the stomach turning images of oil covered-wild life.

President Barack Obama is not one of those people.

But if you swallow everything the media globs onto your plate, you’d think he was shrugging his shoulders on the whole matter:

ABC News:

“They may have had this as their top priority, but they did not communicate that to the American people,” former Rep. David Bonior, D-Mich., said on MSNBC last week. “You’ve got to show emotion. This is an emotional issue.”

Post Gazette

Too often it feels as though Barry is watching from a balcony, reluctant to enter the fray until the clamor of the crowd forces him to come down. The pattern is perverse. The man whose presidency is rooted in his ability to inspire withholds that inspiration when it is most needed.

I could quote snippets of articles for days, but they’re all in the same shade- show more emotion, Mr. President.

I do agree that the oil spill, for a vast majority of people, is an emotional issue.  Watching the live feed of oil spewing into the ocean is maddening to say the least.

But do I need Obama to jump up and down? Do I need him to lose it and flip a desk?  Do I want to see him cuss out BP on national television? Ummm… no.  In fact, please don’t do any of that Mr. President.

One of the things I admire most about Obama is how even he can be in the face of certain chaos. Sure, every once in a while he’ll catch a “tone” that lets anyone listening know he’s not playin’, and that’s fine.  But he doesn’t flip out.  He doesn’t lose his cool. Ultimately, that’s what we want in a leader.

We don’t want someone who is going to be overcome by his emotions in any situation, because it doesn’t do anything for the situation.  I don’t need that to feel confident that he takes what is happening very seriously.

And maybe this isn’t the politically correct thing to say, but I just don’t know how it would look if our Black, male President lost his sh*t for all to see.

So far as I can see, this isn’t about whether or not the President cares, but about whether the media feels this story is giving them enough juiciness for primetime.  Apparently the facts of the matter are starting to bore the media.  Dying animals, a ruined eco structure, 11 dead oil workers, and a company who may not really give a damn.  A ranting, screaming President would be great for ratings.

But it won’t solve the problem.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 3, 2010 10:49 pm

    Emotion in leadership is often a detriment. POTUS’ empathy is pitch perfect, considering how there is NO WAY the media would respond well to an outwardly Emotional Black man with that kind of power.

    This is why I just cannot.

  2. June 3, 2010 11:33 pm

    omg did I get a comment from ink? THE Ink?!

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