While President Obama addressed the nation concerning the mass murder of 20 children and 6 adults in Connecticut, he began to tear up. This isn’t the first time the president has been filmed shedding tears. There is also footage of President Obama crying while speaking to his campaign staff after his re-election. President Obama isn’t the first president to cry; however, there is something about watching those moments that stands out for me. I think it was his sincerity. The genuine feeling that he isn’t just delivering a speech or going though the expected motions. To feel that way about a politician is rare and rarer still to feel that way about the president.

In today’s political climate, American politics is being silently redefined. Without a word, the way in which politics is conducted is changing. It was clearly evidenced in this year’s election when, despite pulling out all the typical right wing political stunts, Mitt Romney was defeated by President Obama. President Obama ran a campaign that focused on the issues and he was not goaded into pointless debates about things that are not issues of the American people. It was not the average presidential election.

I’m not sure if this change is a permanent one or if it’s relative to the man who is in office right now, but it feels good. It feels right. If we’re lucky, the rest if the country feels the same way and will make that known by choosing an individual who is committed to this new political temperament.

I’m not sayin; I’m just sayin,

An Angry Black Man


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