As a country, the United States has changed dramatically over the last couple of generations, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.
You’re reading a note from a guy that’s addicted to his Blackberry and the internet, would put baseball players suspected of steroids in the Baseball Hall of Fame, and has no trouble with NFL end zone celebrations. So I hope that I’m far from an old fuddy-duddy.
That being said, I was disappointed with the boos showered on President Barack Obama at the
All Star Game in St. Louis. Perhaps our disdain for politicians is a result of Watergate, or what we learned about John F. Kennedy’s White House activities well after the fact. Or it may be that society reflects what they hear on MSNBC, Fox News and the Rush Limbaugh show rather than vice versa.
We used to be a country that respected The Office of The President. Whether he is a Republican or Democrat, the President is our Commander in Chief. I still believe this to be the case, and I would never boo any President. I have too much respect for what he has to deal with on a regular basis. I feel the same way about the U.S. Flag. I’m disappointed and disgusted whenever anyone tries to deface the symbol of our country.
Obviously, we are not a society that has the level of respect we used to have. Last night’s response reflected the results of the election and Obama’s current approval rating of 61%. I would say about 40% of the crowd booed upon his introduction. Last night wasn’t a true reflection of a typical Busch Stadium crowd, because there were so many out of towners.
I can only hope that it was those visitors that displayed the lack of class to boo their President. You can dislike the man…but you should respect The Office.