Posted by: Tobias | October 5, 2008

Bartlett gives Obama some advice

From a fictional dialogue between Barak Obama and Jed Bartlett, the President on my all-time favorite, but now sadly discontinued TV show “The West Wing”, written by the show’s creator Aaron Sorkin:

OBAMA […] When I speak I try to lead with inspiration and aptitude. How is that a liability?

BARTLET Because the idea of American exceptionalism doesn’t extend to Americans being exceptional. If you excelled academically and are able to casually use 690 SAT words then you might as well have the press shoot video of you giving the finger to the Statue of Liberty while the Dixie Chicks sing the University of the Taliban fight song. The people who want English to be the official language of the United States are uncomfortable with their leaders being fluent in it.

Verzy well put I’d say.

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