IN A WELCOME respite from the real world, the Clinton Global Initiative convened this week in New York, bringing together global dignitaries and U.S. President Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Regardless of your politics, you've gotta admit that Clinton aims to bring together folks. During his recent DNC speech, who else made it a point to praise presidents of both parties?
From an earlier video, former U.S. President Bill Clinton: "For good or ill, we live in an interdependent world. We can't escape each other. Therefore we have to spend our lives trying to build a global community and an American community of shared responsibilities, shared values, shared benefits. What should our shared values be? Everybody counts. Everybody deserves a chance. Everybody's got a responsibility to fulfill. We all do better when we work together."
Makes too much sense, eh? Waiting for a creative political writer or editor to envisage the ideal president, mashing up the best traits from past and present U.S. leaders. Maybe with input from historians, economists, a psychologist or two.
- Politico.com, "President Barack Obama speech to Clinton Global Initiative (text, video)" and "Mitt Romney Speech to Clinton Global Initiative (text, video)."