Go! Define special

Posted on January 21st, 2009 by Lib


I mean, seriously. Wow.

I don’t mean to be a sycophant but he’s quite special isn’t he? Not your average special or indeed the type of special displayed by Dubya in RYK’s post but truly special. The kind of extra-ordinary that would not give up when beaten in the democratic primary run for the U.S House of Representatives, but instead run for the U.S Senate. And win.

He’s in good company as well. It was famously said that ‘Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so Obama could run. Obama’s running so we all can fly

Undoubtedly all of these people were and are special but what makes them so?

What makes these kind of people special/different/better/legendary?

Is it all pre-ordained? Or is it in us all?

Feel free to ‘define special’ and who you think should go on the list as well….

46 Responses to “Go! Define special”

  1. Lib says:


    I might have found someone a bit better than Obama, marginally but still better.


    • Bo Snr says:

      By the way does he look like Dale Winton

      • Lib says:

        He does a bit!

        • Elton John - Drama Queen says:

          Right. What if all the watermelons in the world woz like called Mantovani? An if that were like the case see, ow many ov us would want to wear chicken legs on us?

          See right, that Barry O’Bama, got is work cut out he as, not a straight forward job that it ain’t not.

          Got to prove imself now he as, coz that’s like the law that is.

          But anywayz, Ive got a smashin new avatar I av! Loaded it up on that Gravatar last week see, but like it ain’t not showin yet, don’t not know why, says it will only like take 15 minutes, that’s just plain lying that is, it’s nearly a week now.

          An that’s like a right proper shame, coz I look really ansome in it, its much more like me it is!

        • Elton John - Drama Queen says:

          Ooh Ooh!!!

          It’s there!

        • Lib says:

          You is looking well fit Elt. Have you been working out?

          Good to see you ditched the half curtain hair effort as well.

    • O'DB says:

      Yep, Tesla was on some serious gear, fo’shizzle …

      leaving the street talk to the streets, just aping the commentary from the link you posted, but he was a genius (overused phrase, in this case justified). Guess the one thing he really lacked was the self-promotion, marketing finesse of someone like his peer Edison who seems to have scooped the plaudits without having half the creativity.

      • Lib says:

        Well I’d heard the name but didn’t realise quite how ‘special’ he was.

        His bizarre relationship with a pigeon was pretty special as well.

        Peace out homie.

  2. Bo Snr says:

    Just wait until I am on the Council.
    Yes I Can !!

  3. Svasti says:

    I think these people are all willing to suppress their own personal fears and desires in order to work for the rights of others. They see the bigger picture, and keep their eyes on that prize. They are okay with putting themselves out there, regardless. Which can’t always be comfortable.

    Personally, I think anyone has the capacity for greatness. Its just whether or not we can/will step out of our own fears (which often are overwhelming) and concern for what others think of us, and focus on something bigger.

    This is an inspiring day, even for the more liberal minded of us in other countries. Although, as I was cycling to work this morning some moron in his car clearly wasn’t feeling it. He thought it was more important to abuse me (for no discernable reason – perhaps getting in ‘his’ way??).

    And I thought, what a shame.

    • Lib says:

      Can you imagine if everyone lived up to their full capabilities? I wonder what type of world this would be.

      Its hard to call whether it would be good or very very bad.

      And you should have knocked that blokes wing mirror off, miserable sod.

    • uncle cyril says:

      and to ruthlessley achieve their own ends for personal gain

      obama is an iconic president but he has done zero to date

      and to believe he can make a difference other than cosmetic difference in a nation where bush can rule is naive.

      • Lib says:

        But realistically, what would he have been able to achieve so far? He hasn’t been in a position too.

        Did Bush acheive anything before his presidency? I honestly don’t know.

        And I’m interested to know why you think Bush can rule.

        What did he achieve when in power?

        • uncle cyril says:

          my point is this lib- bush was an idiot- and yet was ‘allowed to rule’

          the president changes very very little in the US- they are a figurehead- the actual policy making is out of his hands.

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        • Lib says:

          I’m not so sure.

          Obama has already set about closing down Guantanamo and capped the administrations wages, perhaps its me being naive but I think he might just be the puppeteer, not the other way round.

  4. mike says:

    Hmm who should go in the special list?


    how about these guys:


  5. O'DB says:

    He’s certainly special, I just hope the world’s F’ing problems (financials, fanaticals, fresh-air, etc.) don’t crush the potential for a great world leader to fully reach fruition.

    Apart from a clarity of thought & rapidly recognising the root of problems at their very core, I think he’s a great orator – something that has long since been missed in truly great leaders: the ability to express complex (global, nowadays) problems in powerful speeches to explain to & galvanise the populace through oration. From my English-skewed world view (apologies) a line of great orators such as Gladstone, Churchill & (controversially) in patches Blair have had this ability to really grab & electrify the populace through speech. Hitler, too (almost as controversial as my choice of Blair), had this incredible ability – a real talent for oration coupled with charisma before the masses, but unfortunately in Hitler’s case the message behind the speeches was tainted & rapidly became demagogic to the malign National Socialist policy.

    In terms of what makes people special I think most have a talent, but some are more hidden than others. The truly great have very rare combinations of several talents, realise these talents at early stages in their lives & use & develop them to their full potential. We can’t all stroke a football like Nigel Clough (as Sultans of Ping FC once opined ‘Give him a ball & a yard of grass’), bring the pain through crunching tackles like Stuart Pearce or manage nobody provincial football teams to European greatness like Brian Clough (as an aside recommend David Peace’s book ‘The Damned United’ – really captures the tortured genius that lies within brilliant minds).

    To (misquote) George Orwell: all people are special, but some are more special than others.

  6. A/C says:

    The difference between these extraordinary people is that little extra.
    Either extra drive, extra personality or whatever you can see it in them with just a glance.

    I hope he is as capable as people seem to think, I am sure he will do great things but he does scare me..

    Why do we in Australia need to sit up and watch, or in Britain, New Zealand etc.
    It is a truly historic moment for America, but it will make no difference to us, at this stage.
    The fact that people all over the world have taken him to their hearts is a very strange thing, this gives him extreme power and that can be a double edged sword.

    I hope he a force for good, he truly is a great man but even Voldermort did great things, bad things but they were great.

    He can talk the talk, lets just hope he can walk the walk!

    • O'DB says:

      Yea, such charisma can be very powerful & in the wrong guise (see my comments on Hitler above) can bring awful consequences. But with great talents comes great responsibility & I’m sure Prez Obama will use his gifts sagaciously; he’s juts too switched on & empathic no to.

      • Yes, Obama is a very smart guy and has been even smarter in getting a great team around him.

        He WILL walk the walk.

        The world needs him, hence so much excitement around the world and not just in the USA.

        • A/C says:

          I dont know if the worlds needs him, but if expectations are well founded America certainly does.

          A super power is only a super power because the rest of the world lets them be…….

          We will see what happens.. if can change the world then it can only be a good thing, however I think he is more concerned with saving America first.

      • A/C says:

        Agreed O’BD

        I hope the worlds expectations are met. I do worry what happens when they realise he is not the mesiah but an ordinary man with a great vision. He can certainly inspire people, his carisma just oozes from every pore..

        Time will tell….
        Hopefully he he will not in the footsteps on the other great inspirational Presidents including his idol Honest Ab.. this would be a travesti for everyone.

    • Lib says:

      But how do you know whats inside of you? And how do you bring it out?

      I agree with O’DB that cirmstance can bring it out of you, it’s true of Obama in that he was brought up in fairly unique circumstances and circumstances that to some people would be a disadvantage but he turned them round.

      I think it has a lot to do with wisdom. Not necessarily intelligence but some kind of inbuilt knowledge of how to get the best out of every situation before its too late.

  7. Being special is within all of us – we can all aspire to greatness if only we allowed ourselves to do so.

    As Marianne Williamson wrote in her book, who are you not let your light shine:-


    Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
    Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.
    We ask ourselves
    Who am I to be so brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
    Actually who are we not to be?
    You are a child of the universe…
    Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
    There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that others won’t feel insecure around you,
    We are all meant to shine, as children do,
    We are born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
    It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
    And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
    As we’re liberated from our fears, our presence automatically liberates each other.

    (Nelson Mandela is incorrectly said to have used some of these words, either during his inauguration as South African president, or soon after. But there is no record of this in any of his official speeches).

    You can also read these words to music:-


    (Someone please embed this as a video – thank you :-) )


  8. Bo Snr says:

    This is an inspirational speech


    • Lib says:

      Absolutely, I wonder if it was all down to speech writers as it is now.

      • Jim says:

        I doubt it – Chucrchill wrote most his own stuff and tended to cut through the fluff…

        Tis all down to talking from the heart, using silence to add to the message and say with conviction*
        *repeat to fade

  9. Ange says:

    Lib, I think you’re special for asking the question and posting this :)

    As far as President Obama goes… WOW is right! Time will tell with the eyes of the whole world upon him. As Aussie said, the USA has to be his first priority and the work he does there will spill out onto the rest of us.

    BTW… I am away camping with family so have had limited time online. Have answered your question re travelling Oz in my post now.

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