A lot of people try to say that President Barack Obama is “charismatic”. I’ve seen some of his speeches over the internet, such as the victory speech he made when he defeated Hillary Clinton in the Iowa caucuses in 2008. He has the “deep voice” and can speak “assertively”, etc. But one thing that I’ve noticed about President Obama is that his charisma always seems forced. He’ll yell, challenge, etc, but I’ve rarely seen him just smiling and joking to groups, being himself, especially large groups.
Compare that to Pope John Paul II’s natural, relaxed charisma in the below clips, when he visited the Catholic University of America in 1979. His charisma, at least to me, seems more real, natural, and not at all forced.
I saw Pope John Paul II in 2002, at the World Youth Day in Toronto. Though I wasn’t really a “youth” back then (World Youth Day is mainly late teen and early 20’s), it was a good experience. Even as an 82 year old man, he seemed relaxed. I remember his line, as he spoke in English, “You are young, and the pope is old!” His point being that it was up to us, with our energy, to evangelize the world.
His message in the following video clips at Catholic University was similar.