Confronting our collective troubles

As we reflect on the leadership of our elected officials in these times, it's helpful to contemplate the following words by famed economist John Kenneth Galbraith:

“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.”

We certainly know about the anxiety. Here's hoping President Obama and other world leaders confront it head-on, as Galbraith said, as we work our way through our troubles.

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