Monday, July 12, 2010

An image I like

From the prologue of Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West, writing about King Alexander of Yugoslavia:

He has the look of one of those men who claim that they rule by divine right whether they be kings or presidents because their minds curve protectively over their countries with the inclusiveness of the sky. When one sees President Roosevelt one is sure that he is thinking about America; sometimes his thought may be soft and loose, but it is always dedicated to the same service. Those who saw Lenin say that he was always thinking of Russia;even when his thought was hard and tight it knew the same dedication. In our own King George V we recognized that piety.

I love the image of the President's mind curving protectively over our country. I think, whatever his faults, President George W. Bush was always thinking about America. In a good way. I wish I felt that way about our current President.

This book is wonderful. Beautiful writing.

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