President Obama's Tears Show How Vulnerability Can Be the Mightiest Asset (VIDEO)

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President ObamaPresident Obama and Mitt Romney have had some well-deserved time for reflection, but emotion is still running high from Tuesday night’s election. Supporters from the Romney camp grudgingly let go as his campaign conceded Florida yesterday. Over in his 2012 headquarters in Chicago, President Obama addressed his team of bright-eyed, enthusiastic staffers -- most of them young people in their 20s and 30s -- who diligently helped seal his re-election victory.

So moved was he by their energy and so fired up was he about his passion for change, he choked up momentarily. Can’t say I've ever watched a President be moved to tears before, but seeing him so humbled and emotional of course made me tap my own water works. Even if his naysayers don’t think he’s the best man for the job, I think most can agree that he is indeed a good man. 

Before scooping up Michelle and their girls and heading back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, President Obama reflected on his days as a community organizer in Chi-town. But he told the crowd, “It’s not that you remind me of myself; it’s that you’re so much better than I was. You’re smarter and you’re better organized and you’re more effective,” he said in the clip originally posted on the campaign’s YouTube channel. “What Bobby Kennedy called the ‘ripples of hope,’ when you throw a stone in the lake, that’s you.”

He explained that he felt like he had come “full circle…because what you guys have done means the work that I’m doing is important. And I’m really proud of that. I’m really proud of all of you.” And that’s when the tears rolled. He wiped them away, but what a tender, vulnerable moment. And if there’s one thing I want for the leader of the free world, it’s to be so compassion-filled that he can have tender, vulnerable moments.

You can question his policies, his decisions, his strategies. But our Prez never lost that grassroots organizer spirit and, all of the big league politics aside, he still has a heart for people.

Are you moved by President Obama’s display of emotion?

Image via BeckyF/Flickr

2012 election, barack obama, in the news, mitt romney, politics


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Sarah UsedtobeZech Cone

I am absolutely moved by this and I don't see how anyone with normal human emotions COULDN'T be moved, no matter the party affiliation.

mustb... mustbeGRACE

He's a *ucking jerk.

Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

Mustbegrace - don't hold back, tell us how u really feel lol

fave82 fave82

Even mightier than brains.. Or honesty.. Or results...

nonmember avatar me

On the contrary, mustbegrace... I believe it is you who just revealed yourself to be the jerk.

Autum... Autumnleaves87

Mustbegrace.. so he's a jerk huh?

He's a jerk for having over 50% of Americans vote for his reelection?

...I think the word bitter sums you up very nicely:)

Flori... Floridamom96

I am profoundly disappointed in the reelection of Barack Obama. I am equally as disappointed and even more distressed by the reasons people chose to vote for him (he's emotional, he cares, he's vulnerable). I will continue to stand for the principles I believe in and against the policies I both loathe and fear. However, it is extremely important that we choose to be kinder to one another. In preparing my lesson for church tomorrow I have been humbled by the reminders to treat others with love and kindness. I understand why mustbeGRACE feels the way she does, I also understand why such a sentiment is deeply hurtful to those who believe in Barack Obama. I am ashamed of the way the women on this site have continually gone after one another personally rather being able to openly and honestly discuss with facts and information the very, very important issues facing our nation. We have an opportunity to change that. I hope we are all able to seize that chance for change.

Autum... Autumnleaves87

mustbegrace... How ironic of a screen name can you have??

dez0717 dez0717

ugh being disrespectful of the President of the United States is pretty disgusting. Get over it. Mitt lost. 

Aeris... AerisKate

His tears would be more moving to me if he were shedding them for all the unemployed Americans, the Sandy victims, or the four dead Americans from the Benghazi attacks.

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