What you have achieved today is proof that this country is an amazing place, a place where any (
I think one of the most intriguing things about you is that you represent the foreign and the domestic, the black and the white, the insider and the outsider. You are educated, articulate and gifted rhetorically. You work out, you like to think, and you seem genuinely to like (and love) your family. You seem unflappable and cool, a zen-like surfer among more hot-tempered individuals. You embody the traits of Castiglione’s ideal man, one who exudes sprezzaturra—coolness, unaffected(but nonetheless practiced) intelligence and grace--something that I wish I could exude. Perhaps you’ve been reading The Book of the Courtier lately. We all should.
I wish you a great deal of luck with this job. I’m glad that if I were to have a child, she has the opportunity to achieve the office that you have (that any kid can), but I don’t know that I’d want that for her. What pressure. What scrutiny. What challenges. (I hope she chooses to be a world class cellist instead. Ha.)We have many things in common, but one of my favorite things about you is this: You are left handed. I watched you sign some papers this morning and I noticed that you picked up the pen and signed with your left hand. I am sure that I have read somewhere before that you are, in fact, left handed, but it sunk in today. You and I are both left handed! Being left handed is so AWESOME and I hope that you remember that. Use that creative energy, restlessness and eccentricity that comes with being left handed (I’m not owning all of these things, you sensitive right handed folks)!
I wish you all success; I remember that you are human and I hope you do the same.
Best Wishes for an exciting term as President,