Despite being raised in an "atmosphere of privilege", humbled by Polio when he was 39 years old, F.D.R. had "it".
Dwight D. Eisenhower also had "it". While it's difficult to pinpoint the exact moment Ike learned about "it", a tour of a Nazi Concentration Camp certainly contributed to his own personal awakening of what "it" meant for the future of humanity.
Henry Dunant. Mohandas Gandhi. Martin Luther King. César Chávez.
Richard Nixon became aware of "it" after Watergate. Jimmy Carter was judged for having too much "it". George H.W. Bush was only a one term President because he forgot about the importance of "it".
Desmond Tutu. Tenzin Gyatso. Aung San Suu Kyi.
Part of the message of the New Testament of the Bible is dedicated to the spiritual idea of "it".
In 2008, it was clear that Senator John McCain (a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years) and then Senator Barack Obama (an educated black man born in America) both had "it".
So, what is "it"?
ἐμπάθεια. Einfühlung. Empathy.
It's an important human quality which separates a mere politician from a leader. In the view of this Blogger, Mitt Romney doesn't have "it". Indeed, Mitt will never have "it".
And for this reason alone, this Blogger believes the former Massachusetts' Governor will not, but more importantly should not, be elected President.
It remains to be seen whether or not the country is prepared for Mitt to be IT.
$374,327.62 for 9 Political Speeches = "Not Very Much"?
Empathy? Envy? Even Newt Gingrich didn't try to play hide the tax banana with his K-Street money in the Caymen Islands.
"I am fed up with politicians in either party dividing Americans against each other. I am running to be the president of all the American people and I am concerned about all the American people." ~ Newt Gingrich
Romney says he’s not concerned about the poor?
In fairness to the candidate, running for the highest office is a grueling experience. It's difficult to keep ones own mouth and mind on the same sheet of political music. With that said, once again, because Mitt Romney has never worried about keeping a roof over his head, for this reason alone, he'll never be able to connect with average Americans struggling from paycheck to paycheck.
And finally, how many of Romney's five sons have served in uniform? It's one thing to beat the drums of war, it's quite another to actually send ones own son or daughter into harm's way. Just ask Vice President Joe Biden.
Suggested Reading: Pew Research Center