Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Grateful Politician

You wouldn’t usually put politicians high on a list of people who have an “attitude of gratitude.” I mean, when you think about it, when was the last time you heard a politician say “thank you” and you could tell they sincerely meant it (i.e. they aren’t in a position to get more campaign money for their political campaign, etc).

Well, you watched this morning’s interview of Mike Huckabee on Morning Joe, you don’t have to go back far to find such an example. As soon as he came on with Joe and his co-host, Mike said “thanks for having me.” I hadn’t really noticed it before, but I began to really think about that little one line statement tonight as now more than ever before do I sense that when Mike says that, he really means it and is truly grateful for the opportunities that he has to be in the place that he is.

Too often the attitude among politicians is that they deserve the attention they get. This is one area where I feel that Mike stands head and shoulders above his peers in politics. I don’t get a sense from him that he feels that he is someone super special and deserves the recognition that he receives; he’s merely trying to advance the principles that he knows have made America great in the past and will keep her great for years to come if they are allowed to have a continued elevated place in the areas of public policy.

Thanks for being grateful Gov. Huckabee. We could all learn a lesson from you.

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