So, what part of Beebe's personality has changed since 2006?
"I'm calmer -- most of the time -- than I used to be," chuckled Beebe. "
I think with experience and age, all of us get our positions tempered a little bit. I think we tend to be more empathetic -- to listen to people's views -- more than when we were younger and ideologically aligned in some direction. I think pragmatism -- I've always been relatively pragmatic, but I think it grows with experience."
Arkansas's governor says the years have also given him a better appreciation for the executive branch of government now than before taking office.
"I never thought there was a better political job than being in the state senate, because it was part-time. So, you could be involved in public policy, but you had a real job and a real income and a real-life separate and apart from full-time politics," said Beebe. "But I have to tell you, there's probably no better job, politically, then being the governor. You can accomplish more. You can affect more lives positively. If you mess it up, you can affect more negatively, too, so you've got to be careful about that. But I think there's a deeper appreciation on my part now for the executive branch than I had years ago, because I'd seen it, but I'd seen it from afar, instead of up-close and personal."
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