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President Obama can cut loose, too

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opinion Wadena, 56482

Wadena Minnesota 314 S. Jefferson, P.O. Box 31 56482

At any given time, it seems like our nation is facing multiple serious issues, so it's fun when you get a chance to see the lighter, human side of our government leaders.

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For me, it's fun to see the president cut loose from time to time. It reminds me that he is a person, too, capable of understanding what it means to take a moment to appreciate life.

The president's dance with the first lady during the recent presidential inauguration is a prime example of this.

It seems like every time I see the president, he's extremely stressed or very serious. And he certainly has reason to come across that way.

Regardless of how they are seen by different U.S. citizens, being president isn't an easy job.

So yes, to see Obama slow dance with Michelle was, in a way, comforting. After all, during 2012 we saw him shed tears during the Newtown, Conn., shootings and deny Michelle a smooch on a kiss cam. Finally, a sense of normalcy.

Every once in a while, it's important for our nation to take a breather and just appreciate the goodness of our lives. Sure, life is full of challenges and unpredictable disasters, but if we don't take a moment to smile, what are we here for?

The other night I watched a TV program that showed footage of previous presidents dancing with their wives during their presidential inaugurations. While the Obamas seemed to favor a slow dance, some of the other couples took part in fast-paced dances. They honestly looked like they were having the time of their lives.

Plus, these days if you want to see the president acting goofy or relaxed, you usually have to resort to Youtube, where numerous software-savvy patrons have concocted hilarious videos of the president doing everything from singing hit songs to giving funny speeches.

Not to say that I don't get a chuckle out of these silly escapades every once in a while, but it's nice to witness the real human side of the president. So, naturally, I somewhat envy those who get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet one on one with the president for dinner or some sort of mini award presentation. It would be neat to be the only one talking to him versus listening to him speak to a large crowd.

People - me included, at times - may not always agree with the president. And at this moment, I'm sure he is dealing with a number of different urgent issues. But it's still interesting to know he is like you and me in that he just needs to be a regular person at times.

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