The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0543 Thursday, 26 February 2004
Date: Wednesday, 25 Feb 2004 23:28:31 -0500
Subject: Band of Brothers and U.S. Presidential Campaign
Still bitter over what he regards as Republican attacks on his
patriotism in the 2002 Senate race, Mr. Cleland is apparently on a
mission, collecting what he calls a "band of brothers" along the way to
help Senator Kerry of Massachusetts defeat President Bush .
Ex-Senator Rejoins a Battle as He Campaigns for Kerry
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
Published: February 26, 2004
Gaddis suggests that academics underrate Bush because they overvalue
specialized knowledge. In reality, as his new book asserts, after Sept.
11, 2001, Bush underwent "one of the most surprising transformations
of an underrated national leader since Prince Hal became Henry V."
As for Bush, he puts me in mind of Prince Hal, the son of King Henry
IV. As a youth he is dissolute to say the least: "a touch of Harry in
the night." But upon his father's death, he becomes a war leader of the
first rank. President Bush's youth was never as dissolute as Hal's,
but like the future Henry V, he became an effective war leader after 9/11.
"A LARGESS UNIVERSAL, LIKE THE SUN/ HIS LIBERAL EYE DOTH GIVE TO EVERYONE.."
Horsefeathers will not rehearse the parallels between Prince Hal and
the young George Bush, nor the transformation to maturity of each with
the assumption of power. Nevertheless, the President's stunning trip to
Baghdad couldn't help but remind us of the young king's visit to his
troops before the battle of Agincourt. Shakespeare emphasized not just
the King's verbal skills, but his actions- "A little touch of Harry in
the night"- in raising the morale of his troops. President Bush, while
not known for eloquence, delivered splendid remarks to the troops, but
it was his actual physical presence, the "little touch" of W. that made
all the difference.
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