Professor Simon Schama, award winning author, historian and documentary maker, delivered The Sydney Institute’s Annual Dinner Lecture for 2010. Speaking to a capacity crowd of over 870 guests at the Star City Harbourside Ballroom, Professor Schama offered his reflections on leadership and President Barack Obama, as well as making some colourful detours through the lives of other political leaders. Professor Schama was introduced by Sydney Institute board member Carol Schwartz and the vote of thanks was given by the Managing Director and CEO of Australia Post, Ahmed Fahour. The MC for the evening was Sydney Institute Chairman, Nicholas Johnson, CEO of Barclays Capital Australia. The 2010 Annual Dinner was sponsored by Australia Post. What follows is an edited transcript of Professor Schama’s oration.

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