On stage as he opened the film festival Friday night:
“This is my first time here in Aruba. You have such beautiful people… and such a beautiful island. You also have an extraordinary opportunity here to make a real paradise. Because I understand you have really good leaders. If they keep listening to you and you work well together, this place can be an extraordinary place. But the beginnings of any kind of really wonderful culture is a sense of interconnectedness. That we are all in this together. And a sense of charity. That we take care of the weaker people in our community. That’s what happened in the U.S. We’ve made such a division between poor people and rich people that we’re always going to have a degree of problems. So that I hope as you develop your culture here, that you always remember that you are never any more well off than the weakest of you. It’s very important for everyone to remember. There’s a Buddhist saying that when the demon of selfishness has you, all the other demons are waiting in line with their mouths open.”
Um… Last time I looked around, Aruba seemed pretty developed already, and according to my wikipedia-based knowledge, has been for quite some time. Not to mention – telling a crowd of locals that are ridiculously excited for your presence and the festival that will follow it that they have the opportunity to make their country paradise and that it could be extraordinary isn’t exactly a morale booster.