Sitting pretty

Obama has learned to sit.

A month ago I niggled about Barack Obama’s sitting posture:

But last night:

Much better.

Fans who offer unsolicited advice to their team from the sidelines can rarely take the credit when it scores. (The cry allegedly heard at an all-in wrestling bout in England “Tear it off and hit him with the soggy end” is I hope apocryphal or at least ineffectual.) But note this: That Man has sustained an astonishingly high standard of lucidity and presence for 20 months of campaigning. He must by now be exhausted, and is well ahead with the winning post in sight. But even on a minor matter of technique, he’s still improving.


Author: James Wimberley

James Wimberley (b. 1946, an Englishman raised in the Channel Islands. three adult children) is a former career international bureaucrat with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. His main achievements there were the Lisbon Convention on recognition of qualifications and the Kosovo law on school education. He retired in 2006 to a little white house in Andalucia, His first wife Patricia Morris died in 2009 after a long illness. He remarried in 2011. to the former Brazilian TV actress Lu Mendonça. The cat overlords are now three. I suppose I've been invited to join real scholars on the list because my skills, acquired in a decade of technical assistance work in eastern Europe, include being able to ask faux-naïf questions like the exotic Persians and Chinese of eighteenth-century philosophical fiction. So I'm quite comfortable in the role of country-cousin blogger with a European perspective. The other specialised skill I learnt was making toasts with a moral in the course of drunken Caucasian banquets. I'm open to expenses-paid offers to retell Noah the great Armenian and Columbus, the orange, and university reform in Georgia. James Wimberley's occasional publications on the web