Abominable US leadership and Pushing for Change: Madeline Albright, Barack Obama and the Stoics

Susan J. Megy
4 min readJun 2, 2020

I just listened to Tim Ferris’ podcast interview with Madeline Albright.

Albright reflects on leaving office as America’s first female Secretary of State when one interviewer asked how she wanted to be remembered. She writes:

“I don’t want to be remembered — I am still here and have much more I intend to do.”

When I finish listening, I feel optimism and dread in parallel. Optimism and inspiration for women like Albright; strong, doers/thinkers who love America and what it stands for, who are confounded by where we are going as a nation. Dread from that deep-in-the-gut sense of loss about the world we are becoming — the world the ensuing generations may likely inherit if we don’t do something.

What happened to the City upon a Hill that was America as a beacon of hope for the world?

The lights in America have been shut off. That shining beacon of light that once was — is now hidden behind a barrage of malicious tweets. Rather than supporting all Americans, these tweets promote Americans turning our backs on one another. They push to divide, not unite.

In these vexatious times, I wonder where is US leadership hiding?



Susan J. Megy

World citizen, global humanitarian and U.S. Navy Veteran who hung up the flak jacket to write speeches for the Fed. Lover of Stoics, sazeracs and shotgun houses