By Eddy Montilla.
The first time the world saw President Obama’s eyes brimming with tears, we could learn and see another side of him: Not the President of the United States, but just Obama. Yes, Obama, quite human; Obama, a sensitive man to other people’s misfortunes and vicissitudes. And I particularly liked it because we unfortunately still live in a “men-don’t-cry”-society and his attitude helps to dispel that myth. But later, I saw his tears again and again in other situations, tears that might be misinterpreted as sentimentalism or tears that might really border on that feeling.
Tears can be used in many different ways: They can be a positive instrument to vent frustrations. Used either deliberately or not, they can turn into a powerful manipulation mechanism for its capacity to arouse feelings of sympathy for the person who sheds them. President Barack Obama must know that better than us since we all remember how the opinion poll changed suddenly (and briefly) in Hillary Clinton’s favor after her historic tears in New Hampshire when she was campaigning for president against him in 2008 Democratic Primary. And tears can also be a sign of impotence and, above all, of weakness.
Frequent eyes filled with tears offer little or non-existent help to a political leader or president. On the contrary, they can be seen as inability to solve problems, and that’s why President Obama should be more careful with “his tears” in public, I mean, he should try to have more and better control of his emotions if he does not want to be remembered as an outstanding political orator and crybaby politician too.
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.
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