This guy has to be the most talented politician I’ve ever seen. That’s not to say he was a great president – sadly he was just a quite good one – at least comparing him to some others.
If I were a politician I’d just watch footage of this guy and try to figure out the lessons for my own style. A master at work. In this clip he just eats up the camera. Amazing the space he gives to views that are not his ‘key messages’ and somehow gets those key messages across inadvertently – as if they were your thoughts, not his. Hawke and Blair were close, but not as good. Odd that they’re all heads of left of centre parties – and not necessary. There’s no reason why someone from the right couldn’t do it. But at least for me, I don’t know of anyone like that.
And over the fold a speech he gave to Harvard’s 2007 class day (parts 1, 2 &3). I could pick holes in it, but it reminds me of his campaigning to become president. Amazing how reassuring his grand friendly vision is.