Obama and agency

/ 30 March 2010

Hat tip to Eric for sending me the link to this analysis of President Obama’s health care speech. It highlights the ways in which the President edited his draft to offer more agency, to speak more clearly of how we act together in compassion. If you’ve followed any of my writing lately, I tend to emphasize how “authority, authenticity and agency” are changing in the world around us — but “agency” is the element that I think we are least conscious of, and yet most in need of focusing on. So this small glimpse into the President’s mind was interesting to me!