I’ll be honest, Emmanuel Macron is not a great orator. I’ve sat through three of his meetings and the message is presented calmly, slightly coldly and without uplifting bravado. So be it. Macron is a technocrat, but I hope an efficient technocrat who will tinker and manage France’s dysfunctional machine into the 21st century.
You don’t ask a mechanic to talk about fixing your car, you ask a mechanic to fix it.
But as France, or at least the sixty percent of France who have a brain, contemplates validating Macron’s meteoric rise to the summit, he and they, even the whole of France, would do well to consider the famous words of two of the USA’s greatest orators: FDR and JFK. Is it auspicious that Emmanuel Macron is abbreviated to EM! ?. I hope so.
“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and of vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. And I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.” F. D . Roosevelt
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” J. F. Kennedy
The worry, generally, is that Macron will be unable to garner the pan-political support to push through the progressive, reformist agenda that France so badly needs. For that JFK’s quotation is perhaps the most apposite of all.