Juan Williams is in the news for two reasons today, one admirable and one less so. He authored an important piece in the Wall Street Journal advocating that we judge Obama on performance like any other president, which comes one day after crying on national television. The tears came while discussing the controversial benediction after the swearing in ceremony.
Juan Williams, himself black, appeared sometimes emotional, defensive, and even angry during his frequent Fox News appearances as he championed Obama’s candidacy on air. This is not the first time we have seen the spectacle of the news commentator crying. About yesterday Williams explains the momentary lapse in journalistic standards this way:
“I just felt so emotional. There are other people who might say they were there with Dr. King and suffered the indignities. But Joe Lowery really did. And for Joe Lowery today to see that son, that black boy, become president of the United States, I can’t tell you. There are some times in your life when you just think, ‘What a country! How could it be?’ I never thought that would happen. But there it was. Just thank God that Joe Lowery was there in that moment to talk about the power of silent tears.”
See the video and WSJ article link below.
Juan Williams Cries (Video)
As a biography, Juan Williams is 54 year old journalist originally from Panama. He is best known for his musings as a Fox News contributor. Williams is also a Senior Correspondent for NPR, author of several books, Emmy Award winner and frequent contributor to the Washington Post.
Williams authored a piece in the paper titled “Judge Obama on Performance Alone” to welcome criticism of the president. He sees a dangerous trap as Obama’s defenders set the bar too high while attempting to dismiss criticism as racially motivated.
There is a dangerous trap being set here. The same media people invested in boosting a black man to the White House as a matter of history have set very high expectations for him. When he disappoints, as presidents and other human beings inevitably do, the backlash may be extreme.
…to allow criticism of Mr. Obama only behind closed doors does no honor to the dreams and prayers of generations past: that race be put aside, and all people be judged honestly, openly, and on the basis of their performance.