It’s all over but the shouting.
Still, amid all the post-election hand-wringing, all the questions about what went wrong for Republicans and baffling remarks from Karl Rove that Barack Obama won by “suppressing the vote,” we’ve seen glimpses emerge of both President Obama and Mitt Romney that couldn’t differ more from what voters saw during much of the campaign.
The viciously negative tone of this year’s presidential race left us with few opportunities to view the magnanimity and selflessness each man has showed, if not to each other than to his staff, in recent days. In addition, the cool and often remote personalities of both men, who have been described as everything from professorial and aloof to stiff and robotic, gave us few impressions of the sort of warm, authentic humanity many people look for in their leaders.
But the emotions that surround an election’s end have a way of pulling off the campaign armor. The new video of the president speaking to his staffers in Chicago Wednesday is moving because he cried, yes. This is a president who has been openly criticized for not showing more emotion, and there he was wiping away tears as he thanked the people who’ve worked for him.