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Walk A Mile Before You Judge

On January 20, 2009, history will be made. The first African-American man will take his rightful place in the Oval Office as the President of the United States.  The future President Barack Obama will most assuredly be overwhelmed with emotion as he takes a role in our government that was believed would never occur.  He will look out the windows overlooking the lawn at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and pinch his arm to make sure he isn’t dreaming.  He will sit in a respected chair that he has certainly earned from our voting nation. And then, I believe, reality will set in. It will be the same reality that George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and numerous others faced when they started their new duties as Commander in Chief.  President Obama will soon realize, if he hasn’t already, the enormous task before him.  He will realize that running this great nation isn’t as easy as the media and strategists make it appear.  The welfare of the American people will be on his shoulders. This burden might seem too grand. At this time he will probably be less likely to judge his predecessor and might possibly even have sympathy for him.  If Hollywood has at all accurately depicted Oval Office and presidential scenes in their motion pictures, he will be bombarded from every angle with requests from people he’s yet to meet.  He will begin a roller coaster journey that will certainly age this 47-year old and put added stress on the three ladies in his life…wife, Michelle and two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Even though a majority of our media tends to favor the liberal viewpoint and Democratic party, they will start their judgment of our new president.  His victories will be reported, but so will his defeats.  Any wrong phrase or word misused by him will be plastered across your daily news source.  And most assuredly, Fred Armisen will receive his share of laughs as he portrays the president on SNL. Now, I am not knocking the role of the media.  It is their job to gather information and report it to the public.  But unfortunately, many journalists and individuals across the world have decided that playing judge is their role. I assure you.  It is not. Just like President-elect Obama has never walked a mile in President Bush’s shoes, you and I haven’t walked in the shoes of plenty of others, either. You and I have our thoughts, opinions and insight as to what is happening in certain circles.  We may think that we have all of the information necessary to make a judgment.  Most of the time, we do not. So the next time you hear a story second hand or hear someone’s version of a scene, remember that you don’t have all of the information and that it might be a good thing to give the person the benefit of the doubt. Or as I like to say, “Give ’em the benny.”

13 thoughts on “Walk A Mile Before You Judge”

  1. We all had Clinton for lunch at the end of his term and now, looking back, it seems he did a pretty dern good job (discretion excluded), so you never know what time will reveal.

    I am ready to support Obama and let Bush have some well-earned peace. He looks a hundred years older than he did when we all rallied his inauguration.

  2. My prayers are with the Obama family. I pray that he receives that wisdom he needs to deal with not only this country’s mess but that he can diplomatically deal with foreign policy.

  3. This will be an interesting presidential term for parents of young children out there. For the first time in a long while, you can ask yourself 2 questions:
    1. Would I want my children to play with his children?
    2. Would he want my children to play with his children?
    (grin)

  4. You are a wise woman. “The benny” catchy!

    I have often wondered about men in such strong leadership – how in the WORLD do they keep from crumbling under the pressure? I don’t know if I could do it. Many say that the US prez is the most powerful person in the world. WHO would want to wake up to that every morning?
    Then there are celebrities that just live with cameras following them around…. How do they manage to live life with all those eyes on them? I just think it’s psychologically impossible… NO wonder so many of them end up addicted to something.

    Ok. rant over. I guess I’m just saying that I don’t wanna walk a mile in their shoes.

  5. I love this post! This is so, so true!…We never know how tough something really is until the shoe is on the other foot… My hope is the media will learn a big lesson and be more supportive;using the media for good, rather than destruction!!! Thanks again for the reminder!

    Blessings,
    Michelle

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