Opinion: Yes, even world leaders cry

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has proven real men do eat quiche and cry.

Well, I don't know whether Obama eats quiche, but I do know he teared up during his recent speech about gun control.

I hope all the commentary on this matter doesn't simply focus on the fact that he cried.

Nothing wrong with a man showing his emotions.

Obama is human as well. Tears welled up in his eyes as he delivered the line: "Every time I think about those kids it gets me mad".

He was referring to the many innocent children who have been slaughtered by gunmen in countless US school shooting rampages.

Obama is not the first, nor will he be the last, world leader to have a good cry.

Former Australian PM Bob Hawke famously broke down when talking about his daughter Roslyn's heroin addiction in 1984.

Kevin Rudd couldn't choke back the tears when he was ousted as PM by Julia Gillard in 2010.

As he was listing his achievements, including the apology to the Stolen Generation, the salt water gathered in the corners of his eyes.

Julia Gillard, in turn, held it together pretty well when Kevin Rudd ultimately made a comeback to the top job.

But even she struggled to hold her emotions in check as outgoing MP Rob Oakeshott paid tribute to her and mentioned her father in his farewell speech to parliament.

Personally, I don't see anything wrong with our leaders showing their emotions.

It makes it all a little more real.



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