Obama’s less-than-presidential antics not a disgrace to the office

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Obama’s less-than-presidential antics not a disgrace to the office

President Barack Obama is the 44th and current President of the United States.

President Barack Obama is the 44th and current President of the United States.

President Barack Obama is the 44th and current President of the United States.

President Barack Obama is the 44th and current President of the United States.

Reilly Cardillo

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In England, the queen is the head of state; in other words she more akin to “figureheads” as opposed to real rulers. 

As a trade off, the prime minister ends up doing all the real work and is often a scapegoat for the British government’s shortcomings — he is the head of government. But this is America and our president has to act like both the queen and prime minister.

Our president is expected to carefully toe the line between being professional and relatable. He (and maybe she, soon enough) must portray himself as not only a spotless politician, but an involved parent, good Christian, charismatic host and a humble civil servant. Presidents are also encouraged to be tough and no-nonsense but also perfectly polite and modest. This is exhausting to handle for four years.

These requirements are why not just any old schmuck with a political career can win a presidency these days. Every aspect of a candidate’s behavior, character and demeanor is carefully analyzed by the media. 

President Barack Obama has proved his legitimacy as a leader.

He led the country out of our economic recession, passed a serious health care plan and had a hand in the assassination of Osama bin Laden. Under his administration, gay marriage was made legal in all 50 states. 

Obama’s time in office truly contributed to a better, more well-rounded America. 

It makes sense that the man is getting really tired of his professional facade. 

He made what some claim to be “inappropriate” comments about Kanye West’s proposed run for presidency, calling Mr. West a “jacka**” according to The Huffington Post. 

On a recent trip to Kenya in July, Obama abandoned formality and danced with local leaders.

Also, he weighed in on a social media discussion regarding peas in guacamole on Twitter, claiming that he will “absolutely not” put peas in his guacamole.

His behavior is not strictly professional, but it’s about time the public cut the man some slack. 

His humor is what makes him human and enthused about his very difficult and taxing job.