Thanks, Obama, For Confirming That It’s Totally Fine For Powerful Men To Cry

Real men don’t cry. Except, of course, they do. All the time. And it’s OK. Crying, especially for guys, is having a moment.

While delivering an impassioned speech this week about new gun control measures, President Barack Obama cried. His tears came as he spoke about the first-graders — “every time I think about those kids it gets me mad” — who were shot dead in Newtown, Connecticut, in the infamous 2012 mass shooting.

His critics pounced, of course. But the tack most of the haters took is telling. Instead of ripping apart Obama for the simple act of crying, calling him “weak” or questioning his masculinity — real things people still actually say and maybe believe about men who cry — they accused the president of faking it. Of shedding crocodile tears.

It says a lot about the state of weeping in 2016 that the majority of the president’s most virulent haters didn’t call him out for actually crying.

Obama touching his eyes JUST BEFORE the tears came.

He’s putting something in his eyes to create the fascist tears.

— John Nolte (@NolteNC) January 5, 2016

Most people are cool with crying these days. In politics, at least. And in sports, too. Kobe Bryant is a big cryer, for example. The business world, alas, is another story. We’ll get to that later.

Remember John Boehner? The former speaker — or, rather, weeper – of the House cried an Olympic-sized swimming pool of tears during his time in office: When he met the pope. When he was sworn in. But also during a tribute to a revered golfer and while listening to Irish music, according to Politico.