No, Kerry isn’t running for president, but he sure looks presidential these days. The man who was so painfully awkward as a presidential candidate has come into his own as secretary of state, where his outstanding personal qualities shine to an almost dazzling degree. I have enjoyed hearing his firm voice spell out American views fearlessly, even calling out Dick Cheney on the PBS Newshour the other day. Kerry’s perspicacity, conviction, and personal power are more evident than ever before.
More than that, he is palpably comfortable with leading. The stiffness of his patrician face has finally softened into one that’s warm and even sunny sometimes.
Kerry’s amazing grasp of foreign policy, forthright patriotism, and chops in the military, would beautifully complement Hillary’s more charismatic, everywoman style of leadership and politicking. Both are broadly experienced and command wide respect in their party and beyond. Moreover, concerns about Mrs Clinton’s health and whether she has the stamina for the top job are not going to go away. Even I have my reservations, while wishing her best should she run. Kerry’s evident vigor, intellectual maturity, and unquestionable fitness for the presidency make him an ideal running mate, one whose presence on the ticket would silence these qualms.
Text © 2014 Susan Barsy
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