Yesterday Unedited Politics re-posted this video of a would-be president.
It led me to this post of the President Obama handling a heckling reporter at the White House.
Now that you’ve seen them, notice the difference in the summary headings over the two videos. “Mitt Romney heckled by.…” focuses only the heckler, not on the candidate’s response. It evokes sympathy for Mr. Romney. ”President scolds reporter….” elicits sympathy for the heckler. Language frames perception.
But the video-tapes tell a different story, no matter what the words say. The tapes tell the story of the character and style of Mr. Romney and the President and the way they handle a rude opponent.
How do you describe the difference? What qualities of character and style do you want in the Oval Office next January? Leave your comment here.