The icons of August

At the beginning of August I wondered if our President had a card up his sleeve. At the final moment, he’d play the card, the Republican hostage-takers would be exposed in such a way that even the idiots on CNN had to see it. But no. The Republicans boasted they got 98 percent of what they wanted. In a moment we realized that Republican depravity had no bounds, and the President was A picture named sam.gifnaive and driven by fear. Not what we want from the Leader of the Free World. It was a very very bad moment for the United States, and won’t soon be forgotten.

Then at the other end of the month, outstanding leadership from all corners. I watched Christie in New Jersey, Bloomberg and Cuomo in New York. Governors and mayors from up and down the eastern seaboard. They worked together, collegially, without regard for party, for the good of the country. (I know there are cynics who will say that it isn’t what it appeared to be. They are of course entitled to their opinion.)

When we think of what we need from national leadership, we should remember how they worked together around the hurricane. Maybe we should just move the bunch to Washington. Let’s see. Christie as head of the House. Cuomo as head of the Senate. And I’d definitely go with Bloomberg as the first Jewish President of the United States.

BTW, if Perry gets the Republican nomination, I bet Bloomberg runs.

And what makes these three so unique? They are all comfortable in their own skin. They don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what people will think. They knew what had to be done, and did it. This, simply, is what we want.


About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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