Drew Westen writing at the New York Times:
Stories were the primary way our ancestors transmitted knowledge and values. Today we seek movies, novels and “news stories” that put the events of the day in a form that our brains evolved to find compelling and memorable. Children crave bedtime stories; the holy books of the three great monotheistic religions are written in parables; and as research in cognitive science has shown, lawyers whose closing arguments tell a story win jury trials against their legal adversaries who just lay out “the facts of the case.” […]
In that context, Americans needed their president to tell them a story that made sense of what they had just been through, what caused it, and how it was going to end. They needed to hear that he understood what they were feeling, that he would track down those responsible for their pain and suffering, and that he would restore order and safety. […]
But there was no story and there has been none since.
Great read. The president sits in a terrible position. Those seated on the right never supported him and never will. Those seated on the left are becoming increasingly disillusioned with him. What is he to do? Perhaps he needs to stand. For something. We’re all listening, Mr. President. Tell us a story.