“Each time I learn the news I react not as a president, but as anyone else would as a parent. And that was especially true today,” Obama said in the wake of the Newtown tragedies.
After I thought my tears allotment had been met when our President spoke and as he fought away his own tears, my weeping began again. I was impressed with the way he handled the news conference; he was gracious and graceful with his words even in a time of grief. I, yet again, was profoundly proud that this particular parent is our president. Time Magazine is apparently also impressed by his performance politically and in the polls since they named him 2012’s person of the year.
There is no doubt about it: being president is a crappy job. You sacrifice everything, putting your family and friends on the sidelines for your main focus: the state of our union. And you don’t even get to live in your own house. But Barack Obama campaigned hard and was elected to another term as our fearless leader.
“You do understand that as President of the United States, the amount of power you have is overstated in some ways,” Obama said in Time. “But what you do have the capacity to do is to set a direction.” The magazine said of the president, “He has earned the right to set that direction and has learned from experience how to move the country. After four of the most challenging years in the nation’s history, his chance to leave office as a great President who was able to face crises and build a new majority coalition remains within reach.”
And being named Person of the Year certainly sets a tone for the future after looking back at the year of 2012. You can read Time’s feature on the President right here.
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