Forgiving, savvy, or something else? Obama is showing he's not a stubborn Polack - we are famous for our stubbornness. He's picked Hillary Rodham as his Secretary of State. I heard a BBC commentator yesterday say "this silences one of his potentially largest critics" - which May Be true. I'm baffled. If I were running for office (which I won't be doing - running for my HOA back in South Carolina once was enough to tell me I don't enjoy that) ... and I had my opponents say "Shame on you!" and mock me, reprimand / scold me, tell me my foreign policy was naive, and be pretty un-neighborly to me with personal attacks, I would not consider that person (or their handlers) for any political position, even "dog catcher".
I've got relatives who've held grudges for decades. Maybe it's genetic, but personal insults that are hurled with the intent to harm or defame or seriously injure, don't roll off my back like water on a duck. Petty little stuff, sure, let it be forgotten, but character assassinations, are harder to forget. We'll see how well this works out for the Executive Branch in 2009 and beyond.
1 year ago