The Telegraph UK has put together one of the most concise and accurate looks at President Obama I’ve seen. Too bad our own media cannot see what can be seen from so far away.
It is lovely to feature in other people’s dreams. The problem comes when they wake up. Barack Obama is an eloquent, brainy and likeable man with a fascinating biography. He is not George Bush. Those are great qualities. But they are not enough to lead America, let alone the world.
This I found interesting, maybe Obama should stop trying to lead the world and focus on the Americas.
Mr Obama’s public image rests increasingly heavily on his extraordinary speechifying abilities. His call in Cairo for a new start in relations with the Muslim world was pitch-perfect. So was his speech in Ghana, decrying Africa’s culture of bad government. His appeal to both houses of Congress to support health care was masterly – though the oratory was far more impressive than the mish-mash plan behind it. This morning he is blitzing the airwaves, giving interviews to all America’s main television stations.
But for what? Mr Obama has tactics a plenty – calm and patient engagement with unpleasant regimes, finding common interests, appealing to shared values – but where is the strategy? What, exactly, did “Change you can believe in” – the hallmark slogan of his campaign – actually mean?
This could have been shorten exponentially – all talk, no substance.
The author does know how to end with a truthful bang.
The man who has run nothing more demanding than the Harvard Law Review is beginning to look out of his depth in the world’s top job.
This is the opinion the world and our citizens are beginning to share, which is frightening on so many levels.