The Free World Club

Hi,

Earlier this morning, Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a moving address to the U.S. Congress. I have notes.

First, before I get to the substance, an icebreaker of an observation. I channel-surfed after he concluded his remarks, and one commentator after another made this super-insightful observation: Zelensky “tailored his remarks for an American audience.”

I don’t have any objection to the observation itself for the simple reason that it’s obviously true. But I thought the gravity and solemnity of it was pretty funny. The talking heads said it like the average viewer might have missed this apparently very clever rhetorical strategy when it was more of a “well, duh” point. It would have been really weird if he hadn’t tailored his remarks to the audience.

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