Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Invictus

Just watched Clint Eastwood's Invictus.  It is not a complicated movie, but it is a compelling one, and worth watching. There's no need to for me to recount it, just watch it if you haven't.

But it is a hopeful movie, and in that regard a nostalgic one, because we're not in an historical moment that feels hopeful.  Obama had the rhetoric and the political skills onstage, but in a backroom setting he hasn't swung it, though he's tried to do the right things and I certainly hope he pulls it out and becomes more effective.

Mandela pulled off something very special in '95, it turns out (I missed this story when it happened). If someone could rise above the political fray now and build consensus and direction, we'd all be the happier for it.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"He hasn't swung it", "I hope he pulls it out", what with all the enhancement cream you have secretly been supplying to the Commander-in-Chief, I think he would just frighten Congressional Republicans if he used those tactics. But I agree with the "speak softly and carry a big stick" version of diplomacy.

Graham Klarkovich Illiorum said...

What about "rising above" the political fray, huh?