Regardless of how my day go, he one place that my family will always be able to find me is in front of the television during the 5pm till 10pm Central Standard Time Channel forty-nine (49) on the dial. What shows get my full attention during that time is MSNBC’s The Ed Show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, The Rachael Maddow Show and now The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. The house has got to be on fire before these shows can be interrupted. I love these shows because I can get a bigger picture of what is going on in the world of politics because even if I disagree with their take on a particular subject, I feel most comfortable with voicing that disagreement because I find in them the capacity to admit when they make mistakes. This is something that is sorely missed on other cable news shows and a trait I so admire which keeps me coming back time and time again.
Example of which is my current disagreement with most of the coverage over the recent results of the midterm elections. This is the time when many are dissecting what the exits polls and results are telling Democrats. My biggest complaint is when the primary object of their dissatisfaction is directed at this president. While this president is a big boy and really do not need me to protect him, it should go without saying that I would not be doing my part if I did not take this opportunity when presented. My complaint centers on a few observations that I wish to share.
The first is this fallacy that this president is too soft, without passion and fight. I take issue with that because if I am not mistaken, it was this network which first coined the phrase “No Drama Obama”. Maybe we are all used to seeing conflicts played out in front of the cameras and we just can’t seem to accept that fights can be waged outside of camera and microphone range. This is how this president operates and who he is, accept it or not but please do not try and force him to act out so that you can feel better about yourself or have the “Breaking News” story. An example of which I speak was the conversation that he had with Joe Lieberman during the campaign when they spoke inside of the Senate Chambers but out of microphone range and we saw very little animation. After that conversation, Mr. Lieberman’s quick wit regarding then Senator Obama ended but he was not embarrassed in front of anyone and what was said has remained between those two.
How about the conversation between Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama. We can all attest to how heated that race was but the conversation that they had between each other were outside of both camera and microphone range. It has remained between the two of them and what a wonderful partnership it has turned out to be for them and for this nation. Many from all networks including MSNBC was prepared for two separate entities to emerge when they announced that they would be leading this country side by side and to the dismay of some, it has not happened. Some even expected Joe Biden to sink more ships than he could keep afloat and now may be saddened by the lack of drama.
I am sure that we all can understand this leadership style and at one time in our lives had hoped that someone had implored this same style towards us. There has got to be a time when someone chastised you in public and ate your lunch in public. The embarrassment was almost too much to bear and the shame of getting schooled in front of witnesses made you feel small. Did you not wish that they could have done this in a more quiet setting and kept it just between the both of you? This is who this president is and you can either get on board with it or join Karl Rove, Halliburton, Dick Cheney and the rest of Wall Street to make sure that he is a one-term president.
Regarding the elections results being mostly his fault. As the man that he is, he stood tall and accepted some of the responsibility for this but some must also fall in your lap as well. As a member of the news media, you have an obligation to report the news as it happens. For years women have been trying to get equal rights especially when it came to work. This president’s first major act was signing into law maybe the final leg of this journey but “balloon boy” got more coverage. When he sat down with the Prime Minister of Russia and signed that historic treaty, the Shirley Sherrod story got more press. When he finally nailed down healthcare no one reported the benefits as much as they reported on Sarah Palin and her death panels. The president may not have sold the Democrats accomplishments as much as he could have but neither did the media or many other Democrats. This election result is not his and his alone to bear and its time others stood up and acknowledge this. You say that the president must now take his medicine but so now should we all.
This president has not forgotten where he came from and since day one has been doing all that he can for the middleclass from whence he came but no one would ever know because we are all looking for that lead story, that breaking news, that Pulitzer prize. We care not that our president is sticking to his guns and willing to sacrifice a second term in order to achieve what he promised on the campaign trail. We care not that he stays up late each night reading over thousands of letters from regular people. We care not that he has accomplished and saved this economy from the brinks of a depression. We care not that he has surrounded himself with people who will disagree with him and not just cater to his every whim. We care not that he fights behind the scene and out of camera range. All we care about is what he does for me and that he acts as we would or wants him to. All we care about is that his actions justifies our vote, support and makes us feel better about ourselves. This nation is much more than you or me, this nation is us and sometimes what is best for us may not be okay for you or me. Its okay to disagree with him, hell he ask us to keep his feet to the fire, but do not assume that just because you do not see him throwing punches or bruises on his face does not mean that he is not fighting just as hard or harder than you would. Believe in the change that you voted for, believe in this president or take your rightful place along side Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Big Oil, Fox News and the rest of the Republicans and make sure that he is a one term president.