Thursday, January 22, 2009
Obama - Man on Wire
There’s been a lot said about this remarkable man, I’ve no intention of rehashing it.
I just have an observation... in Obama’s coolness, his calm handling of what is surely the largest burden going, I kept thinking of Man on Wire, and Petit’s incredible ease with his extraordinary act....
The key thing about Petit was his faith that it would be done, the sheer scale of his ambition and his willingness to risk.
He took a lot of strength from his support network. He brought people along a brave and risky path, and while they all made mistakes, they managed to achieve a truly remarkable act.
But also his strength came from his own devotion to just doing the work. And here he evokes our new President even more clearly.
I can see a difficult balancing act in Obama’s future, but like many people, I think he’s going to pull it off.