I've read about Bob Geldof for many years – longer than I have read news about George W. Bush. I had a portrait of Geldof in my mind that had been painted through the years by press reports on him. I did not think badly of him, mind you, I just had a mental picture. Sometimes you find that a mental picture is wrong. I think Bob Geldof found that his mental picture of George W. Bush was wrong when he accompanied Bush across Africa. I know I found out that my mental picture of Geldof was wrong when I read what he wrote about that trip. He is not the one-domensional figure I imagined him to be. Neither is Bush the person Geldof thought he was.
I think it would be best that I not excerpt this one. Read it for yourself and see if maybe some rearrangement of your personal mental picture gallery is in order. It is worth reading.
UPDATE: I found this item over at Memeorandum . But it has been hit by a number of other bloggers today. The Anchoress, Captain's Quarters (and I did not read his post until after I had posted mine – but boy, the titles are similar) and a bunch of others have blogged this: JustOneMinute, UrbanGrounds, Little Green Footballs, Sound Politics, Don Surber, Commentary, Brutally Honest,