“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” –
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
This morning I was reading a CNN interview with President George W. Bush. The focus of the interview was regrets President Bush had during his presidency. He mostly focused on things he said that he wished he hadn’t said. It isn’t often that I read reflective comments from the current President and I found that refreshing. What interested me more, though, was the very human nature of his reminiscence.
Not only was the President speaking candidly, he brought into the interview some personal observations of the president-elect. He spoke of the great concern Senator Obama has for how his daughters will live at the White House. President Bush spoke of his admiration of president-elect Obama’s commitment to be a good father and bring a family atmosphere to the residence he has inhabited for the past almost eight years.
President Bush also said that he called former President Clinton and sought his advice on how to be gracious in the transition with president-elect Obama. He said that President Clinton had been gracious to him and he hoped he could do as well with President Obama.
What a refreshing tone after all the rhetoric of the campaigns and divisiveness of policy differences – human beings seeing the humanity of others. When we look at each other and step outside of our differences we can see how we are more alike than different. We can remember that it is our humanity that can bring us together and solve any challenges we have. When we forget this strife escalates and we all lose.