The Howard Dean Issue
All of this news coverage of Howard Dean's "Iowa Yell" is making me sick. What is wrong with him showing emotion during a speech to his SUPPORTERS?!? He was not speaking to the American people as whole (yes, I understand it was on TV, but obviously the TV was not his audience). When you "preach to the choir" is it not good to get them pumped up? Don't you want those who support you to be full of energy? After watching all of the TV coverage of this event it must mean that America needs and demands a President who is lackluster. A President who shows little emotion, and never anger or excitement. I don't want an emotionless President. We have already been through 8 years of Bush and Bush Jr. I want a President who is not afraid to show emotion, who is not afraid to shake things up, who is not afraid to encourage and energize people.
Theodore Roosevelt said "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat".
I do not want to directly compare Roosevelt with Dean, but at least Dean, like Roosevelt, likes to put some energy and emotion into his campaign. We should not be faulting him for that.
With this stuff on the media, I think Roosevelt would be rolling over in his grave.
BTW, this post is not neccesarily showing my support for Dean for President, but rather, my disgust with the media coverage of the "Iowa Yell".