Now Hillary Clinton is a public figure, and in an era of wall-to-wall PR it’s hard to argue that she’s not playing the game. But perhaps she simply backed into it. Perhaps she’s that Sixties activist at heart who preferred behind-the-scenes advocacy and the humility of action — but got drawn into politics as a result of her husband’s career. Perhaps she is a reluctant politician, not a Machiavellian schemer.
What First Lady Michelle Obama gave us was a gift, a way to imagine America differently, a reaffirmation of the American Dream drawn from the experience of those who should have every right to be bitter about it. And she transformed politics from a blood sport about our wants and needs and anger today into a sacred promise we hold with our children to shape their lives and their futures.
Houston is the nation’s fourth-largest city, yet it is one of the few major cities in this country that does not have an equal rights ordinance. Moreover, it is the only major city in Texas not to have one. Continue reading Will Houstonians be HEROic on Election Day?
Sometimes a speech succeeds before it even begins. That is precisely the intent of significant numbers of employees in political offices around the country—people who design backdrops, shape messages as if they were ice sculptures, and stay awake at night worrying about all the unpleasant unforeseeables that might damage a well-scripted event, and by extension, a well-scripted career as a communications adviser.
In honor of Black History Month, I am going to share a story that I read many years ago. I do not recall exactly where and when, but I will never forget the story itself. Continue reading “I sit with Shakespeare…”