In an alternative universe: September 28, 2008
MICHELLE OBAMA WARNS:
BARACK MAY NOT BE STABLE ENOUGH TO BE PRESIDENT!
Shocking admission by nominee’s wife shakes up race
“I think my biggest concern obviously would just be for his mental well-being,” MICHELLE OBAMA said. “I have all the confidence in the world in his ability, in his decisiveness, in his leadership skills, in his understanding of the economy. … So for me I think it would just be the emotional part of it.”
“JUST the emotional part.” What do we expect of our Presidents? Among the most important characteristics is emotional stability. The President must be able to handle the considerable ordinary pressures of the office- the regular workload, the criticism, the tug of war for his/her attention and support, and the complexity inherent in even small decisions- AND all of that without seeming to mind it. All of that while maintaining good humor. Grey hair is ok. Nervousness is not. We expect our Presidents to be cool, calm and collected, to keep an even keel, to refrain from strain.
We expect even more in times of crisis when the nation is on the verge of panic. Consider how every nuance of George W. Bush’s expressions, movement and words were examined in the hours and days following 9/11. Presidents MUST do this well, naturally and easily- a response that is seemingly inherent in the makeup of their personalities.
Now we hear that Michelle Obama worries about her husband’s emotional well being. Inherent in Hillary Clinton’s “3 AM” ad is a question about readiness of Obama when a call comes in that turns White House priorities on their head. The heart of that readiness is a rock solid emotional makeup.
Apparently Obama’s is a bit shaky. Apparently there is something disturbing beneath the facade of “no drama Obama.” Or at least that what his wife, the person who knows him best, fears.
THINK ABOUT IT?
WOULD YOU VOTE FOR SUCH A CANDIDATE?
Think about Mitt Romney’s strained affect on stage and in interviews, his forced and tension filled laughter, his darting eyes, his frozen (and often inappropriate smile), his staccato speaking style, his frenetic strutting in front of crowds, his grabbing for hands in rope lines….frankly, the more I think about it the more Mitt worries me.
And then compare him to Barack Obama….it is no contest.