Just a Different Political View
So....it's no secret that being a politician is viewed very differently in the U.S. than in Europe. I mean I'd say both countries have their problems with politicians in general. And I'd say both systems, although very different, seem to attract the same types of power-seekers these days. But here, there is one politician who has risen above political divides and seems to have earned the support of pretty much everyone. He is huge with everyone you talk to. Which is amazing when you realize he needs a step up to stand on when he's addressing a crowd.
He nearly needs a booster seat when he's seated on the dais. But he's never at a loss for words, and his message resonates every time.
I had the chance to see President Michael D Higgins on campus a few months ago. He was addressing the opening of a new theater at NUI Galway. And he embodies what we all think of Ireland. There's no escaping that he looks like what we think of as leprechaun, which I say with absolutely no disrespect. I adore him as well.
As President of Ireland he represents the country at all official events. It is a ceremonial post here, without political power but with all the pomp and circumstance you'd expect. And as I was strolling through the village of Clifden in Connemara last week I was somehow surprised to see this.
Ireland's beloved Michael D., as he is often called here, is celebrated everywhere. Here in Clifden he was even showcased in a pharmacy window. He is good medicine indeed for the Irish and I'd say that his pure charm is a relief and a welcomed remedy for politics in general.