by Jackie Acho and Eva Basilion
Memo to: George W. Bush
That speech you gave last week? The one about empathy? It was so good. So good, it took our breath away. So good, it scared Steve Bannon out from under his rock. So good, we are still talking about it. So good, it was #Sexy. Did we just write that? Yes, we did.
George, you have come a long way since your days in the White House. Like many others, we weren’t fans of all your policies while you were in office. (Was it Cheney?) Power can be confusing. It happens to the best of us. And the worst of us too (Hi Harvey). But we believe in growth. And you are transforming before our very eyes.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to people who have been watching. There have been clues. You are a real family guy. Without your busy presidential schedule, you are spending time with Laura and the people you love most in the world. We hear you are spoiling those grandbabies rotten. That’s just right, George. Just right. You are building your empathy muscle in the most authentic way there is. That is #Sexy.
And how about that art you’ve been making? Wow. Those paintings of soldiers in pastels are so good. More empathy development is going on there, as well. “I know each person I painted,” you’ve said. “I was thinking about their backgrounds, their service, their injuries and their recovery.” You seem to be doing more feeling than thinking these days. That’s just right too. That too is #Sexy.
George, you are growing into the kind of man we cannot resist. You gave up your power tools for human connection. That’s a #Sexy trade-off. Can you blame us for swooning?
You are also turning into the man you were always meant to be. Ask Barbara, your mom. She knows. She brought you into the world, as mothers do, through the co-creative early dance of empathy, branding you GOOD. And now is your chance to remember. Maybe the tables have turned with George H. W., and taking care of your dad is another opportunity. Despite the #NotSexy “leadership” on display these days, it’s possible to deepen empathy as we grow older. Michelle Obama knew, didn’t she? In your speech, we can see it too:
“We know, deep down, that repression is not the wave of the future. We know that the desire for freedom is not confined to, or owned by, any culture; it is the inborn hope of our humanity.”
Right on, George. Keep up the #Sexy work!
Jackie Acho and Eva Basilion