I think part of the great narrative fallacy that drives the United States is the idea that one individual as President can bring about extraordinary, positive change. We've been told the story so often by Hollywood (wasn't Morgan Freeman the first black President?) that many of us believe it. But it isn't true.Two years later and I think everyone understands how fallacious their expectations were about Obama's presidency. He's just one politician - not superman. Of course, political leaders provide a focus for our fears and hopes. We subconsciously project our feelings about the future onto leaders (in business as well as politics). The 'best' leaders don't stand for anything but rather for everything. In the minds of their admirers, of course. How else to explain the success of Eamon Gilmore?
But old habits die hard, and the next Obama has already been spotted. He's like the character Matt Santos in the West Wing, a charismatic Hispanic-American, good looking, young and articulate. There's only one difference, he's Republican. I'm talking about Marco Rubio - take whatever odds you can get from Paddy Power, and bet on him being on the Republican ticket for presidency in 2012. Just listen to his acceptance speech, inspiring and eloquent in equal measure:
But don't forget he is just one politician.