Sunday, September 10, 2006


I'm watching one of my favorite movies, The American President. I've quoted this movie before on patriotism and the first amendment. Tonight, the quote I want to share is about leadership:

Lewis Rothschild: They don't have a choice! Bob Rumson is the only one doing the talking! People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand.

President Andrew Shepherd: Lewis, we've had presidents who were beloved, who couldn't find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight. People don't drink the sand because they're thirsty. They drink the sand because they don't know the difference.

As we get closer to election day, we'll hear more and more about "leadership," especially from incumbents. However, many of them don't walk the walk.


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