(It wasn't too difficult to come up with a title for this post.)
John Bolton makes Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) cry on the senate floor and Senator Richard Durbin cries over getting his…um…hand smacked over his demonization of the US military.
What do these "men" have in common (besides the obvious)? They both cried inappropriately and in public.
There are certain instances in which a man crying in public does not incite ridicule. They include:
• The birth of his child
• The death of anyone close, of an admired figure or of a child
• Mass death
In other words, great happiness or great sadness.
• The singing of a patriotic song or of a song that recalls times gone by
• Reminiscing about departed friends, especially recounting an incident in which he and those friends defeated enemies in a hard-won battle (no, senate committee meetings don’t count)
For other similar incidents, it’s acceptable for men to cry. Of course it’s disquieting; that’s because men in general are more detached from their emotions than are women. That’s why when you see a real man cry, you know it must be serious business. Note: real men don't caterwaul.
Therefore, watching a man who is a US senator cry over receiving criticism for his actions in his office is just plain vomit-inducing; you know that it’s a calculated affect.
You know he’s playing the ‘poor baby’ card. Why? Because he’s bought the bill of goods that men and women are the same and can behave the same without backlash.
Or may he's just desparate.
(Side note: Even though women are more prone to spontaneous crying, they play the ‘poor baby’ game just as often; I rarely cry in front of other people because of this.)
(Side Note II: Ironically, could you imagine Senator Hillary Clinton [D-NY] or Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison [R-TX] bursting into tears on the senate floor? Me neither.)
(Thanks to Rick in VA)