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Where Have You Been?

Before you look at the image and think this is anti-Obama or pro-Romney or anti-Romney or pro-Obama I will quickly tell you that it is none of the above. This isn’t about right wing, left wing, religious, anti-religious, gay, straight, black, white, muslim, Christian or jew. This is a simple observation and nothing more. If you’re going to leave some political commentary in the comments….don’t. If you’re going to throw out all of this conspiracy stuff you read on Facebook….don’t. If you think I’m voting one way or another…don’t. Okay…now let’s get to this post.

I watched both conventions. I was compelled by the leadership that both the Republican and Democratic party ran out on their stages. I am amazed at the ability to communicate and the leadership that oozes from both the Presidential candidate and the current President. Love them or hate them, you have to at least respect that they can both speak and speak well. As I walked towards the TV to turn it off at the end of President Obamas speech last night, one thought came to mind….

Where have you been?

4 years ago, this man inspired a country that was deeply wounded. I know, I know….we still are. I think that’s the point I am trying to make. We need to hear from our leader like we did last night. If it’s Romney, if it’s Obama, we need leadership. Leaders stand, even in the rubble and awaken the American spirit to do more, do better, fight, and overcome. The speech I heard last night and the one I heard last week both inspired me. Think about it for a minute, they were speaking directly to me..

I’m middle class

I’m unemployed

I’m worried about the future of my home, my job and my benefits.

I believe it would do this country a great service to have its leader (whomever it is) lead like the two men did the past 2 weeks. It can’t all be speeches, but we need to hear from them. Leadership is at it’s strongest when it’s heard and not just seen. We don’t need big stages and filled arenas. Leaders need to be heard from. We need to know why we’re pushing that rock every day. Speeches won’t solve the worlds problems, but they do ignite a drive in the listener. And that is something we can all benefit from.


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Comments · 5

  • Shane Bertou · September 7, 2012

    I guess I’m unsure what you’re looking for exactly. The President gives an annual State of the Union address, he has a weekly address, he’s been campaigning non-stop for the past six months and even when he’s not he makes speeches at official visits all the time. The White House’s website has an archive of about a bajillion speeches that he’s given since being sworn into office.

    Perhaps the more accurate question is where have you been? :)

    • Aaron · September 7, 2012

      Not a bad point Shane. Well put and well received. I need to do a better job seeking. I would say that they most likely aren’t the kind of speeches we heard last night. Again, the forum was different. State of the Union is something I look forward to each year. Thanks for the tip.

  • Shane Bertou · September 7, 2012

    You are right about the grandiose of the convention speeches. They are different. They’re essentially pep rallies. Perhaps we need the occasional national pep rally.

    • Aaron · September 7, 2012

      Exactly. That is what I meant more than anything. We (or at least “I”) need that reminder from the leader of our country that both hands are on the wheel and though the journey isn’t easy, we are getting somewhere. Then again, if I said that in a post, I would be hammered with political debates, arguments and discussions.

  • Les Stanley · September 8, 2012

    The thing that really bothers me is that Obama started out with both feet in a hole from Bush’s travesties. Then the Republican party vowed to do whatever it takes to get Obama out in one term. Then in the second half of this term the Republicans did everything they could to ruin America so as to make Obama look bad. We all need to work together for America. The last issue of Saturday Evening Post had a very in depth discussion about how separated we Americans have become and that we can only see our side of any story. Too Divisive!!…and it makes one afraid to even show any descent from any other point of view.

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