After looking at the 20-or-so democratic wannabes and then at the current occupant of the White House, I am reminded of a movie titled ‘The American President’ from the mid 1990s. In  the movie, President Andrew Shepherd, ably portrayed by Michael Douglas, gives a speech in which he (twice) utters the immortal phrase: “We have serious problems, and we need serious people to solve them.”

True then and truer now.

Serious people indeed — methinks we live in mediocre times.

Terence McManus, New Sharon


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