The Public Outcries of Boo Hoo Boehner and Screaming Dean

06 Nov

On the mid-term election night, after Democrats were furious to see that most of the country had turned red, Ohio State Republican House Leader John Boehner appeared on live TV and cried about it.  Seemingly he was overcome with emotion, some tearful utterances about the American Dream and how he and his family lived it.  It all should have been very touching, and I suppose for some it was.  While his speech certainly sounded sincere, watching his face spontaneously contort  and his voice quaver made the man at the podium uncomfortable to watch.

Maybe it simply had to do with expectations.  Earlier in the year I’d seen him vehemently  oppose Obamacare on the night it was voted into reality with the kind of  profoundness in his voice that must’ve taken up every square foot of sound in that great chamber.  Steadfast and resolute, whether I agreed with him or not, for the duration of time he commanded the House floor, Representative John Boehner was no minority leader.

Yet tough talk when voiced at the wrong time might weaken any political figure’s future – just ask former Governor Howard Dean.  On the night he lost the Iowa election and came in third, he began addressing his crowd of supporters with a rousing speech that quickly escalated into such unpredictable heights of feeling that words could no longer express it.  And so the raw anguish over losing a campaign he assumed he would win came out in the form of an odd yippee-caye scream that has been played over and over again with much laughter and ridicule on the world wide web.

Like any sexist country with distinct gender roles, we don’t like our male political figures losing their composure, that is, unless they’re female.  When Hillary Clinton in another one of her power pant suits became noticeably worked up at a coffee shop during the presidential campaign in 2008, she suddenly appeared more vulnerable, more of a woman that other women could identify with.  True, some critics, mostly Obama backers, cried foul.  She was just playing the gender card.  Easily she won the election in the same state where she shed a few tears.  President Obama may have eventually beaten her, but he has not escaped being emasculated, no doubt by sore losers, who posted pictures online of him hanging up frilly curtains.

In a culture where so many well-dressed, fast-talking metrosexuals rule over major corporations,  when push comes to shove, we still prefer the strong, silent type plowing through the corridors of governmental power.  During his off time President Reagan cut through timber with a buzz saw on his ranch. Then he calmly delivered hard news to the American people softening the blow in a grandpa sweater, seated behind his desk in the Oval Office.  Shortly after 9/11, President Bush stood atop the rubble and vowed through a bull horn that those responsible for these hideous crimes will pay.   President Kennedy as lieutenant in the Navy commanded a patrol torpedo boat and later tried with disastrous results, yet still he tried, to secretly take out communist leader Fidel Castro in the Bay of Pigs.  Who is to blame for this high level of testosterone?  Maybe it can be traced back to the early 1900’s, to one of the most well-respected presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, a former boxer and hands on war hero, who set the bar when he told the country to “Speak softly and carry a big stick, and you will go far.”


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  1. Cry Baby

    November 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    It is interesting to see what reaction the public has to politicians when they are emotionally taken away; and how some are seen as fake and others are seen as merely human. Great comments. I particularly enjoyed the examples of Reagan, Bush, Kennedy and Roosevelt.

  2. Marcus V.

    November 7, 2010 at 11:58 am

    As a fellow Independent, and a stockbroker that never cries, I fall in line with your thinking, Ms. Priamos. Very well done. Wish more pundits could balance prominent figures from both parties the way you do.

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    November 8, 2010 at 7:10 pm

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  4. Gerald H.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    You have a firm handle on our history of some of our stronger male presidents. I enjoyed reading this. Have to say I was surprised it was written by a woman!

    • Miles

      November 9, 2010 at 9:39 am

      Why exactly would you be surprised she wrote this, Gerald H.? Have you not come across a woman who is tough and feminine? I have never met Ms. Priamos, but she strikes me as a person who is both.

      • Will

        November 11, 2010 at 1:22 pm

        Well-balanced and informative article on both politics and gender roles. You’re not the kind of writer to be boxed in with just one topic. Your blog is fantastic.

        • Mystery Reader

          November 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm

          I recently saw on CNN that Boehner and the GOP are saying it’s better that he showed emotion. But I think it’s more that the country is tired of the left.

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    December 2, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Boehner is really toughening up again acting like a real leader of the party. Maybe he’s reading your blog!

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