I wonder what it is about rising to a level of power that is so seductive that we lose our souls in the process, Tom. Perhaps the seduction of the implicit message (given us by popular vote or whatever) that We Are Now the Chosen One. Corrupts almost everyone. Mandela is the only one I know for whom this didn’t seem to undermine his elemental humility. He bowed out after one term. And look at what the dictators do.