Sunday, January 18, 2009

Speaking of Beauty

Any way you cut it, here’s a truth: there’s nothing like sheer smarts flavored with compassion to make the angels dance.

And that’s exactly what we’ve got moving into the Oval Office: a mind with a heart. How did we get this lucky?

What’s riveting about this luminous and brilliant new president is that he doesn’t come from privilege, he has flaws, he was dumped by his father and he can’t bowl. Despite these obvious dents, he has what really counts: he's ecstatic about ideas and his consciousness is wide enough to include all of us.

When a country’s psyche is in shreds, as ours is now, what we need is a blazingly fresh pair of eyes. Eyes that can imagine. Eyes that can explore. Eyes that can hear as well as see.

We got it.