In 1895, Teddy Roosevelt was asked if he was hoping some day to be President. He flew off in a rage. Part of his rant is revealing, and might have helped Mitt Romney if he’d come across this quote earlier in his life:
“I must be wanting to be President. Every young man does. But I won’t let myself think of it; I must not, because if I do, I will begin to work for it, I’ll be careful, calculating, cautious in word and act, and so—I’ll beat myself!”
Perhaps in today’s media saturated world, this approach won’t work as well. On the other hand, I have to wonder whether people could overcome Romney’s calculatedness, his calculated cautiousness. I’m no expert on political campaigns. But as a citizen I’ll say this: I’d love to see more candidates who haven’t spent their lives preparing for a Presidential run, and who have not been afraid to be bold.