Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sharing Victory

We went to see Invictus yesterday; really great movie. The rugby was enjoyable, but what really moved me was the moments when Mandela (Morgan Freeman) was making statements and speeches in pursuit of national reconciliation, which he did with a beautiful blend of gentleness and passion. Very powerful stuff. It was a message that true greatness lies not in achieving victory, but in sharing that victory with those over whom one has achieved it.

I would not suggest that comparing Obama to Mandela is in any way appropriate, but I believe that Obama is in some ways trying to share last year's victory with the losers of the election of 2008. Too many on both sides are not listening to him.

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