September 12, 2005

WHEN IS IT OK FOR MEN TO CRY?

Not at a Senate confirmation hearing:

“When I ponder our country and its greatness, its weaknesses, its potential, my heart aches for less divisiveness,” he says and pauses a long time, choking back tears. “He’s crying?!” I exclaim. We rewind the TiVo and play it again and, I’m sorry to say, laugh a lot. After the long pause, he goes on: “…less polarization, less fingerpointing, less bitterness, less mindless partisanship.” You know, I agree! I feel very strongly about all of those things. But crying in a Senate hearing speech, moving yourself to tears? I’m sorry. I laughed a lot.

Also not when you’re a police chief, according to the Insta-Wife, who earlier today saw Dr. Phil encouraging New Orleans’ police chief to cry on camera and was not amused.

UPDATE: A reader writes:

Favorite Jack Handey quote:

“It takes a big man to cry, but it takes an even bigger man to laugh at that man.”

Or a woman.

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