Thursday, November 11, 2004

Two Metaphors In a post I wrote almost a week ago, I first used a colorful metaphor to describe a certain charactertistic of President Bush. My father gently redirected my post with the following comment: Regarding the metaphor, I refer you to, inter alia, 1 Tim. 4:12. So the rewrite became
Firmly establishing democracy in both countries will go a long way towards ensuring our peace. GW has the courage and stick-withit-ness to see this through.
(I noted the change with this: Edited on 11.2.04 to "set an example" and apply pope link.)

As it turns out, I wasn't the only one who thought this, nor was I the only one to use it in print. Although I must say that Peggy Noonan writes it here without actually writing it, proving again that she's a classy lady.
About a year ago I was visiting West Point, and I was talking to a big officer, a general or colonel. But he had the medals and ribbons and the stature, and he asked me what I thought of President Bush. I tried to explain what most impressed me about Mr. Bush, and I kept falling back on words like "courage" and "guts." I wasn't capturing the special quality Mr. Bush has of making a tough decision and then staying with it if he thinks it's right and paying the price even when the price is high and--

I stopped speaking for a moment. There was silence. And then the general said, "You mean he's got two of 'em." And I laughed and said yes, that's exactly what I mean.

It's good to have her back writing at OpinionJournal.

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