Life lesson: Fill your own shoes
His government, Mbeki said in his victory speech Thursday, will “approach the exercise of power without any arrogance, with humility.”
If Nelson Mandela is the George Washington of this new democracy, the kind of giant among men who turns down offers to be king, then Mbeki is its John Adams. Like Adams, he is small, sharply intelligent, visionary, reflective, sometimes tart-tongued, and an adept back-room fighter.
He is also, on any occasion, the man most likely to turn up too formally dressed.
Playing on their difference in raiment, the dapper Mbeki, 56, has mused publicly on his resentment of people who constantly ask whether he can fill Mandela’s shoes.
“Why should I wear those big, ugly things?” he said. “Or,” he added with a shudder, “those shirts” — meaning the bold “Madiba shirts” that Mandela adopted after a trip to Indonesia.
Mbeki intends to fit his own smaller but more meticulously polished footwear.
Source: New York Times