This week’s Saturday Saying comes to us from those pre-imminent connoisseurs of bread, wine, cheese, and everything fashionable, the French. It’s also the tiniest bit politically inspired. But, on to the phrase: cri de coeur. A cri de coeur is a heartfelt appeal, literally, a cry of the heart. And the best example I’ve come across in a long while came at the end of this week’s Democratic presidential nominee debate in Texas:
Saturday Sayings are supposed to be about language, but this week I’m trying to teach you a little bit about what it takes to be the leader of the United States of America. It takes poise. It takes strength. Yes, it takes hope. But more importantly, it takes experience, solutions, and a steadfast resolve to serve the American people. That’s what Hillary Clinton has, in greater quantities than either Barack Obama or John McCain. The Obama campaign has become a cult of personality, a pipe dream for a generation that feels it needs to do something earth-shattering and important. But here’s the thing: nothing is more important than putting this country back together after eight years of Bush destruction. And Hillary is the one who can do that.
So yes, ladies and gentlemen, that was a cri de coeur, and one that we should all pay attention to, for the sake of our collective future.