|Bill Clinton, Rock Star
||[Mar. 26th, 2003|10:50 pm]
Went to see Bill Clinton speak at the University of Iowa. He gives a good speech, which I can sum up in a few words: we need to make more friends abroad and fewer enemies and we can do that by helping them, and cooperating with them.|
I didn't agree with everything he said, necessarily, but it was interesting to see him speak and get a taste of the famous charisma. I felt the same seeing Jesse Jackson -- apparently being a charming, magnetic speaker doesn't mean you're necessarily a good person. I think Clinton is less fundamentally flawed than Jackson; Jesse is just plain nutso, and squanders his prodigous talents by doing shady shit.
By contrast, it's really too bad for George W. Bush that being an inarticulate dull normal doesn't give you any innate virtue.
One thing he said vis a vis the US: "Sometimes setting a good example is more powerful than a country's military might."