d. E. Rogers

Unpresidential for Appearing on a Daytime Talk Show?

In Society on August 4, 2010 at 5:50 pm

There has been much criticism since President Obama’s appearance on The View last week. Obama is the first president to appear on a daytime talk show. Criticism ranged from calling it unpresidential, to having no dignity, to statements that a President should not be a on a “fluffy” daytime talk show.

I think it refreshing that a President would be on a show that most politicians avoid. His honesty, coolness, and forthrightness seem to be what most people wanted when they voted for him. He promised to be open about what was going on in the White House and call out things when they were not done right and to this point he has kept his promise.

With the firing of Shirley Sherrod and his statement about how his administration overreacted by acting before checking the facts is good for the American people. No cover ups is a good thing for all. Visibility in the White House is what people wanted and now they have it. Isn’t honesty supposed to be the best policy? Yet he is criticized for it.

“Obama said the forced resignation of Shirley Sherrod shows racial tensions still exist in America,” as stated in an article by Julie Pace, Obama Talks Race, Pop Culture on The View. Obama also mentioned that though we have made progress, we still have a ways to go.

People should give him the same chance to work on our problems as they have given every other President in history. He hasn’t been President for even two years and people are acting like he created the mess we are in today. We all owe it to ourselves to give President Obama the opportunity to turn things around. I think it’s the same opportunity we want on our jobs when we take on a big task. People have to remember that change does not happen overnight. When you reach the brink of disaster you have to be somewhat cautious during the cleanup so that you do not end up in the same position from which you began.

It’s great that we have reached a time where informality has become the best way to communicate with each other. We have the opportunity to really see the President’s personality as he communicates with us on a person to person level. Isn’t this the way a President should be? With his people, for the people?

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