Obama’s disappearing act

Obama’s disappearing act

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-Clayton Bigsby

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#1 Jun 18, 2013
There are certainly different styles of leadership. But President Obama is suffering the results of poor choices (passing a huge new entitlement on a party-line vote) and of what can only be described as a lack of courage.

Brit Hume says it as well as anyone:“When the issues are difficult and the options unappetizing he tends simply to go away.”

Obama practically disappeared from the scene (no calls to Cabinet officials, no convening in the Situation Room) on the night of the Benghazi, Libya, attack. He seems more concerned on the NSA flap with distancing himself from conservatives whom he loathes (“I am not Dick Cheney”) and in Syria on protecting his self-image (he ends wars, doesn’t start them) than in taking the heat from Democrats. When coverage is not glowing, he becomes cranky with the media (as does his spokesman). He is most at ease campaigning before a crowd (whether it is an election or not) when he can accuse opponents of ill-will and flail away at straw men with no interruption.

There is no single leadership style a president must embrace. To be successful, however, often requires a politician to get out of his party’s cocoon (as Christie is forced to do every day, as Ryan had to do in moving the party on fiscal issues, as Rubio is doing on immigration) to achieve big things and take on the mantle of leadership. If you simply turn up the volume on the conventional wisdom of one’s own party (unless you are a radio talk show host), you are unlikely to succeed. To impress those outside the party or to stand out from the crowd within the party often requires willingness to undertake considerable criticism and risk losing the affections of the most stubborn wing of your party.

Indeed partisans too often think that leadership amounts to the most voracious expression of party dogma. That of course is recitation, not leadership. Leadership means taking people from here to there, even when they are uncertain or ignorant about the best course. A party chairman rallies the faithful; a president widens his gaze to embrace the entire country and to win over political opponents.

Obama is floundering, in part because his leadership was superficial (play to the base, mouth platitudes) and in part because he is a mediocre leader when things are going poorly (i.e. when it matters). Perhaps uninterrupted success in politics after one defeat in a congressional race and the echo chamber of continual applause from the left provided him with a false sense of his ability to persuade and of the world’s willingness to fall in line. In proudly telling voters that the White House counsel tried to “protect” the president from involvement in the IRS scandal, we learned much about a White House turned inward toward self-protection rather than outward to plow new ground.

In any event, when events spin out of control or complex crises hit, Obama tends to complain that decisions are “hard” or situations are “complex.” Presidents adept at leadership and attuned to resolving actual conflict don’t talk that way. If the questions are easy or simple someone else can deal with them. The country deserves better than an AWOL president.


Since: May 13

Columbus, OH

#2 Jun 18, 2013

Speaking of the disappearing Obama, recent photos may explain why Reggie love and Rahm Emanuel abandoned the POTUS.

Fear of AIDS.
They cannot kill a Spook

Newark, NJ

#3 Jun 18, 2013
Hussein Obama is a magician. He can make a clenched fist and the forearm disappear up his rect um. Next to campaigning making fist disappear is favorite thing to do.
yeah baby

Columbus, OH

#4 Jun 18, 2013
All those words wasted when "lazy, stupid stain" would have sufficed.
yeah baby

Columbus, OH

#5 Jun 18, 2013
They cannot kill a Spook wrote:
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Dayton, OH

#6 Jun 19, 2013
O progressives, beware the shift. All this corruption seething and bubbling, then a few dark clouds on the economic horizon, in a year or so sprinkle in the mantle of ruining the best medical care delivery system in the world. Yes, beware when the shift hits the fan.
Neutral Party

Sellersburg, IN

#7 Jun 19, 2013
I wish Oblamo would disappear, for good.

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