Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Real Tears?

Was it really an authentic moment?
On the eve of the balloting an "undecided" woman voter in New Hampshire asked Mrs. William Clinton (and I'm paraphrasing here): "How do you do it? How do you face this every day?"
At first Hillary seemed to be giving her stock answer but then she looked down, paused, began to get teary-eyed, continued answering but choked-up as she explained: "It's not easy, not easy."
It was certainly a Kleenex moment. But was it real? Was it sincere?
And did it turn the tide in Hillary's favor?
Today, Fox News is reporting that the woman who asked the question actually voted for Obama in the end. She said she voted for Barack because he made her cry as she listened to his remarks. Go figure.
And then read what I wrote about authenticity in the Philadelphia Daily News and/or listen to my interview on the subject with radio talk host Dom Giordano of The Big Talker, 1210.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You know, authenticity is often alligned with one's views about the subject being judged. To many conservatives, the crocodile tears will remain just that, no matter what the context. The same goes for liberals and any Republican candidate. I agree that people are loooking for authenticity in a candidate, but I would say that the political system and the climate it has come to generate don't allow for authenticity. It's the system, not the people, that has let America down.