Friday, March 7, 2008

Catnip To Masses

The word itself is magic.
It sort of rolls off the tongue like "abracadabra" or "Allakhazam."
It's "charisma." And it seems to be the word of the moment.
The Greek origins of the word charisma conjure up various meanings, including favor, divine gift, yearning and even grace, beauty and rejoicing.
What is it that makes a person charismatic? We say we know it when we see it - or when we've seen it, since charisma can be fleeting. So much of it is "of the moment." . . .

To read the rest of my column from today's Philadelphia Daily News click here.


Anonymous said...

Reagan and FDR shared no common traits. Reagan was neither complex or intuitive, he was asleep. FDR was not acting.

Dan Cirucci said...

I agree that FDR was not acting - though he did have a fine sense of drama and he was also quite a Poker player.
And, for "being asleep" Reagan did a helluva job. In fact, I'll take Reagan "asleep" over Carter awake anytime.