The mystery of people who seem to be born to lead
I remember, as a child, how the sun slanted through the trees as I stood in the driveway waiting for my father to come out of the house. If I squint hard, sunlight becomes a prism in my eyes – something I’m excited to share with him, lingering on his smile and the way he nods.
My father, Ronald Reaganhas always bigger than life For me, always the person that I am aiming for.
As the sound of his riding boots clicked into the driveway and our day together riding on our ranch drew near, I was like a child close to heaven.
A life later, when Alzheimer’s diseasee has descended on him and has begun to take away his memory, his perception, he still has that mysterious ability to command the air around him. His presence was still huge, magnetic, even as he sat silently, trying to decipher his surroundings that were once familiar to him.
Every year, as his birthday, February 6, approaches, my thoughts turn to him in different ways, depending on what is happening in the world and in the country in which he lives. he loves it so much.
This year, I’ve been thinking about leadership qualities — the mysterious X-factor that some people possess and others simply strive for.
I was thinking about that recently when President Joe Biden held a two-hour press conference and mentioned how the Republican agenda is to oppose anything and everything he says. he put it on the table. He said it as if he were denying it was its malicious stupidity, but something very small revealed how beneficial it was to him. Maybe so, I thought – someone who seemed born to lead has an impenetrable shield that narrows down even the smartest opponents.
My father had that quality; So did Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. JFK had it. I don’t know if there’s anyone in current politics who has it, who seems to be born into leadership roles, and I wonder how America would survive without one. such leadership.
Minds greater than me are worried about the future of our fragile democracy. And while it’s important for citizens who don’t want to live under authoritarian rule to be strong and speak up, I don’t know how we’re going to prevail without a strong leader. A person who radiates confidence that nothing can weaken him (or her.) A person who seems to hover over petty conflicts. If just one person stepped out of the shadows, I think we would intuitively know that we have a leadership presence.
My family took a photo on my dad’s birthday in 1995, less than a year after he announced to the world that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. My sister Maureen and I spent the afternoon with him and had an early dinner, finally presenting him with a cake. In the photo, I can see the difference in his eyes – the way they look for the familiar and hold back the tremors. But there’s also a confidence that the disease can never eat away – his core is rooted in something mysterious and resilient, taking on a life of its own.
I was born to a man who believed in the power of prayer. In fact, I believe that those who prayed for his healing were involved in a miraculous and inexplicable remission of the sores that happened to him when he was a teenager. Governor of California.
My prayer for this country is that a leader will emerge who will stir us up our better angels and who will dispel the darkness that is lurking at our heels.
Patti Davis is the daughter of President Ronald Reagan and the author of the latest book Floating in the depths.
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