The New Heroism

Isaac Chotiner flags a piece of -- I believe the correct term would be "deranged egomania" -- from Michael Gerson:

Well, I worked with some very other--you know, great writers, who worked with me on [the 9/20/01] speech, worked closely with the president and Karen Hughes. But we had one day to put that speech together. The president wanted--called in the morning, wanted a draft by 7:00 o`clock that night. And so it was, you know, fairly heroic to put together a speech of that scale.

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to write long speeches in a single twelve hour stretch, it's . . . Speechman!

Of course, people who've read Matthew Scully's article on Gerson for The Atlantic won't be surprised.