It is commonly accepted, for some reason, that in politics every word and action must be monumental. If a welcoming speech is to be made, then it must be remembered for centuries; if a farewell speech, then it must be such as will bring everyone to tears. It seems that politicians are always playing epic roles and their commonality and closeness to the people can only be seen in theatre.
David Cameron, when announcing his forthcoming resignation and the appointment of Theresa May as the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was reserved and sparing of words. He did not say or do anything of historic proportion. He briefly talked about the events to come and exited in such an unaffected and humanely natural way that one can consider his withdrawal from the scene to have been performed in the best way imaginable.
“Thank you very much” were his final words as the man who had ruled one of Europe’s leading countries for six years. And, saying them, he literally threw off all of the weight of the responsibility for this country, and in the very next moment a man walked away from the journalists who was no longer a prime minister but now an ordinary citizen.