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  •  Clinton has the common touch (1+ / 0-)
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    global citizen

    It's what got him elected and saved his ass every time he got in trouble; his humanity and the ability to communicate it.

    Thus, Clinton playing the saxophone badly on TV was not a stunt from a carnival side show but a facet of his personality people could related to and made him kind of cool.

    And Clinton treating people like adults and equals, and taking the first step in their direction, disarming resistance.

    That's the gift of good public speakers - they consider the audience and put things in direct (but not overly simplistic) terms in a language the audience can relate to.

    And this is why his considerable intelligence is attractive, not off-putting or threatening (except to opponents that raise his ire).

    The guy is far from perfect and I disagree with him on plenty of issues (more on finer points than principles), but I like Bill Clinton and really admire his ability to communicate.

    Regarding politics, facts and presentation, to paraphrase A. Einstein from memory:

    "Make things as simple as necessary and not one bit simpler."

    In fact, when we try to over-simplify complex issues, the result is often further complication. But the political problem I see today is people have gotten so used to the pandering and rhetoric disconnected from reality, they have come to expect it as inevitable and join it instead of fighting it.

    And so the feedback loop becomes a GIGO situation.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 04:03:39 AM PDT

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