Sunday, January 06, 2008

Bono on Al Gore

I'm not really big into the whole climate change thing, but TIME magazine's #2 person of the year for 2007 was Al Gore. First was Putin. Bono wrote the piece on Al Gore and it's an extrodinary piece of writing and makes fascinating reading.

As 2007 closes and 2008 begins, one of the great questions that hangs in the cynical European air is how America will carry itself in the world next year. From the outside, the coming election seems less about "the economy, stupid" and more about America's role in the future of the planet. I think it's even deeper than that. I think this election is about how America sees itself. That's not really an existential question, or a spiritual one; mostly, it's a practical question. In this election year, Americans are looking for leadership that can turn spiritual yearnings into practical realities.

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