September 5, 2002
I often made things up in speeches I had to give. Where appropriate anecdotes or examples did not exist, I designed one. Like the time I introduced the governor. I flipped through a book of quotations and found the perfect one to use. Education and Vietnamese proverb all in one. Merely reciting it without a personal context wouldn’t have hit the audience in the same manner as it did by claiming the quote was a proverb handed down to me from my ethnic ancestral roots. The governor’s aide liked it. “If only he had half your charisma,” he had complimented.