Booing Bush was so un-Obama-like

As I watched the inauguration and heard people booing former President George W. Bush, I quickly Twittered, “Wholly inappropriate: Booing the Pres. Bush. Respect the office, respect our nation, respect the institution, even if you hate the man.”

A friend and fellow blogger, Bil of, replied, “Not at all. Freedom of speech is a fundamental and is there so ppl could criticize our government. Booing is traditional.”

Ah… Freedom of Speech. Thank God for it, or else either Bil or I would have been silenced.

I replied, “Haha. True Bil, True. But freedom doesn’t come without responsibility.”

One line from President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Speech applies here: “…our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

And, I’d argue, our freedoms, including that of speech, emanates from the same.

Humility. Restraint. I’d add, “respect” and “responsibility.”

These values co-exist and co-depend upon each other in order to make our freedoms work. Take away any of them, our freedom and nation of law and order fail.

We might hate Bush for his decisions and actions. We might think he is evil. Booing him during a ceremony meant to bring America together was wholly inappropriate. A person might have the freedom to do something, to say something, to boo the man who, at the time, was still our President, but having the freedom to do something doesn’t make it appropriate or right.

Obama has stood for a united America. Booing the outgoing President on a day that is supposed to be a uniting day only creates more division. Obama wouldn’t have booed. Obama would have respected the office… the office he now holds.

4 Responses to “Booing Bush was so un-Obama-like”
  1. a. mcewen says:

    Freedom of speech should never excuse rudeness.

    • Matt says:

      Exactly… imagine all the things that would be said or done if people did not exercise thought, self-discipline, restraint and respect while also exercising their precious Freedom of Speech. And, on this occasion, on this day, restraint and respect should have been expected.

  2. Jeffrey Kirkman says:

    Matt, I could NOT agree with you more. While in Greensboro over the holidays, I responded to a letter to the editor of the Greensboro News and Record with a similar stance on respecting the office of the president, regardless of ones political affiliation.
    Here’s the link to my letter and the responses and my rebuttal at the end of the scroll:

  3. Mayowa says:

    Well, I was appalled when McCain’s crowd booed Obama’s name when McCain gave the concession speech, so I really do hate to see the same kind of behaviour from the Obama side.

    And as a side note, I really despise the trend of abuse of Freedom of Speech that I’ve observed of late.

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