In Case you’d Forgotten We Still have a Current President, watch him Keep his Head when Others are Losing theirs & Blaming Him. {Funny Video.}

Via Carmelene Siani
on Mar 12, 2016
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When I saw this video of President Obama, Rudyard Kipling’s poem, “If,” came immediately to mind.

“There is the kind of man that Kipling was talking about in his poem,” I thought.

“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:”

These are all of the qualities necessary to be a true leader—a man amongst men.

“…a man’s behavior in response to deleterious events and cruel men is important; he must continue to have faith in himself when others doubt him, he must understand that his words might be twisted and used for evil, he must be able to deal with the highest and lowest echelons of society, and he must be able to withstand the lies and hatred emanating from others.”

President Obama responds to his detractors here with all of the characteristics Kipling spoke of in his poem—and he is doing it with perhaps the single characteristic that Kipling left out.

A sense of humor.

He drops zinger after zinger, demonstrating in a gentle way that he can “trust himself when others doubt him and make allowance for their doubting too.”  He eviscerates his detractors continued lies about him with humor, showing how in “being hated,” he “[does] not give way to hating.”

Mr. Obama exhibits in this one clip every quality in a leader that Kipling expounds in his great poem—and does it with the immaculate comic timing and poise of a professional stand-up comedian, but at the same time, entirely, one hundred percent Presidential.

The video is a few months old now, but it seems more relevant than ever. The Putin punchline is the absolute winner for me!

(This is the full speech, but the best bits are from around 8:00-18:00 minutes.)


Author: Carmelene Siani

Editor: Khara-Jade Warren

Image: Video Screenshot



About Carmelene Siani

Carmelene Siani is a 75-year old woman. About 100 years ago, when she was in high school, she won a short story contest. She didn’t write anything again until about 10 years ago, (there was a big gap), then she stopped for another 10 years, (another gap), then started again. Now—she can’t stop the flow.  Carmelene writes about every day life and the lessons it offers to help us grow, expand, and help us to put our feet on higher ground.  She lives by the dictum of Muriel Rukeyser that “the universe is made of stories, not atoms.” Connect with Carmelene on her Facebook page here.


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