Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Marvelous Metaphor from “The Roosevelts”

I am always on the lookout for good metaphors. Introducing students to good ones helps  them develop their persuasive skills. In Ken Burns’ new PBS series on the Roosevelts, George Will offers a memorable metaphor:

The presidency is like a soft leather glove, and it takes the shape of

the hand that’s put into it,” he says. “And when a very big hand is put

into it and stretches the glove — stretches the office — the glove

never quite shrinks back to what it was. So we are all living today

with an office enlarged permanently by Franklin Roosevelt.


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