...I did not dream of becoming president. My dream as a boy was to be a shepherd or a poet of stars. Having been elected, it is a great honor for me and I do not disparage it, to express the secret yearning and the overt goals of the nation to perform justice. To express the unifying and to respect the unique.
I know that the president is not a governor, is not a judge, is not a lawmaker, but he is permitted to dream, to set values, to lead with honesty and with compassion, with courage and with kindness.
There is nothing prohibiting the president from performing good deeds. He is entitled, and even obligated, to serve his nation, that is his people, to nurture love of the people, of the state, of all creatures, to draw closer those who are far away, to look to the far distance. To help the weak, to comfort the bereaved, to bring people together, to increase equality, to bridge differences, to support spiritual and scientific creativity. ...
Sunday, July 15, 2007