I will probably get slammed for posting this video, but it raises an interesting question…
If Barak Obama or John Edwards were to have done the same thing what would be said?Ã‚Â
I have no problem with a candidate showing emotion.Ã‚Â Running for President is an emotional endeavor. But would Edwards or Obama be given a pass if they showed the same level of emotion?
I do recall that Edmund Muskie’s tears helped cost him his bid for the Presidency in 1972.
The collapse of Muskie’s momentum early in the 1972 campaign is also attributed to his response to campaign attacks. Prior to the New Hampshire primary, the so-called “Canuck Letter” was published in the Manchester Union-Leader. The letter claimed that Muskie had made disparaging remarks about French-Canadians Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a remark likely to injure Muskie’s support among the French-Canadian population in northern New England. Subsequently, the paper published an attack on the character of Muskie’s wife Jane, reporting that she drank and used off-color language during the campaign.
Muskie made an emotional defense of his wife in a speech outside the newspaper’s offices during a snowstorm. Though Muskie later stated that what had appeared to the press as tears were actually melted snowflakes, the press reports that Muskie broke down and cried shattered the candidate’s image as calm and reasoned.
Just food for thought, and a bit of a history lesson.