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April 2, 2012

Excuse Me! But paaaleez…

Cindy A. Rose

I’m all for free speech and objectionable song lyrics because we are do not have to purchase the CDs and we can turn the radio off when these songs come on.


However, I do draw the line to objectionable lyrics at the podium when performing at an event to raise funds for the President of the United States. There are invited guests of President Barack Obama’s campaign and – as such – are reflective of his likes, life and choices. Your friends are your mirrors.


Where has our respect for those around us gone? I’m not a fan of Barack Obama, but I respect that he is the President of the United States, and –as such – decorum should be the guiding principal of any public event sponsored by him or on his behalf.


I’ve teased about him and his appointees behaving like frat boys, but I was referring more to their ideology and lack of experience than their behavior. However, if the president and his handlers are going be treating these events as sideshows, I’ll have to re-evaluate.


There is a difference between being “one of the people” and “having contempt for the office.” There will come a point when not only all of the American people refuse to take him seriously, but when our foreign allies do, as well. This is already happening. His lack of respect and decorum for the office he holds is a matter of national security.


I don’t blame Cee Lo Green. I blame society as a whole because we accept it. We’ve given up on teaching our children to behave in a certain fashion in public.


Be little wild beasts at home and with your friends. When in public, is it wrong to ask people to behave with some common sense and dignity?


There are people around you who do not want to hear profanity, your choice of music, or see you wearing your pajamas and bunny slippers. Don’t get me wrong, I much prefer pj’s that cover everything over the baggy pants that show boxers or plumber’s crack, depending on body type, of course. It’s a free society, so far; but aren’t there some rules of propriety we still respect and encourage?


I was driving through the streets of the Frederick and I saw countless young people in pajama bottoms. I know they are comfortable; I wear them around my house all the time, but come on.


There was a time if the local police saw a person walking down the street in pj’s they would have walked up to them, certain they had a mental breakdown because no sane person would walk around in public with penguin splattered, flannel bottoms.


If not for society, is it too much to ask of the Office of the President of the United States and his entourage to display a little decorum at all times – even when playing basketball? But particularly when appearing in a public forum?


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