He's got very prominent ears, he's cool under pressure, appears to be aloof, is deliberative to a fault and bases his decisions on logic rather than emotion. If you're a Trekkie you probably think I'm describing Mr. Spock. If you're a political junkie, you might think I'm describing President Obama.
But here's the difference, in all the years I've watched Star Trek reruns, I don't think Mr. Spock cried in a single episode. Last night, during his speech in Des Moines the President many compare to Mr. Spock shed a tear in a very poignant moment...and my view, a very human, if not Presidential moment.
With those tears President Obama showed us that he is far more than a logic-based technocrat. Indeed he's a man with a heart...a man who feels...a man who cares...a deeply engaged man who loves a country that all too often has shown that it doesn't love him. And as he noted last night, he's got the gray hairs to prove it.
Barack Obama is definitely not Mr. Spock. Here's his response to a question in that regard from Barbara Walters on an episode of 20/20 last year (http://washingtonexaminer.com/...):
Tonight, ABC's 20/20 will air an interview of the President and the First Lady, by Barbara Walters. Here is a preview of Obama's answer to her favorite question.Today is the day we can all get his back and show how much we love and respect this self-describe "softie" for all he's done for us. This honorable, caring, thoughtful human being deserves our votes and must be re-elected.
What's the biggest misconception about you?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Me being detached, or Spock-like, or very analytical. People who know me know that I am a softie. I mean, stuff can choke me up very easily. The challenge for me is that in this job I think a lot of times the press or how you come off on TV people want you to be very demonstrative in your emotions. And if you're not sort of showing it in a very theatrical way, then somehow it doesn't translate over the screen.