This posts came to fruition due to a post that my husband has in the works on his own blog. He told me that he would be writing about our meat CSA. I replied, but that’s the kind of thing that I would write about. He had claimed our meat CSA. I was at a lost. As a rebuttal, I decided to write about the State of the Union address, something he would write about. Yes, it’s childish, but it’s also fun to switch roles for a moment.
Of course, I didn’t pick up on anything that my husband would have in Obama’s speech. I didn’t really analyze policies or speech writing. I did admire that the republicans and democrats sat together. I think that’s the best idea they’ve had collectively in a looooong time. However, what I couldn’t stop watching and thinking about was John Boehner. Stick with me here if you don’t know who this is. It gets better, I think.
The President has made a joke about Boehner being another “person of color.” He likes the tanning bed.
Boehner is a crier. This got me totally off track from Obama’s actual speech and thinking about men who cry, who allow themselves to cry.
Our society has perpetuated the saying “real men don’t cry” for quite some time. I hope we’re slowly getting away from this stereotype, but it still exists in our culture. Therefore, it’s a different experience to view a man, a politician, on live television, tearing up. Men are still not “allowed” or “supposed” to cry, so it’s like they’re breaking this rule, and it’s wonderful! I find it kind of thrilling.
I’m fortunate enough to have many men in my life who cry in front of me. Yes, I said I was fortunate. Emotions don’t show weakness. That’s a load of bologna. Emotions are the physical output of how you feel.
My uncle, father, and husband have been known to tear up while watching a movie or listening to a touching story. I’m proud of that!
So, John Boehner, tonight was all about uniting democrats and republicans, and your tears did it for me. I don’t want to know how you feel about abortion or oil drilling in Alaska because right now I just like you for showing some vulnerability. Politics can always use some raw emotion. Some of you will argue these were crocodile tears, but I’m a pretty good read on emotions, and I think they were real. A democrat made a republican “happy cry” tonight. There’s hope for us yet.