President Obama couldn't meet with any foreign leaders after his speech today but he and Michelle had time for a nice chat on The View monday. Sweet.
The New York Times article is really required reading. Because it is not just conservatives who have complained about his aloof nature and lack of people skills, it is democrats and foreign allies as well. This guy is one cold fish.
I have been quick to blame the lack of bipartisanship on conservatives, perhaps the president also deserves his own share of the blame. For all of Clinton's faults, he got things accomplished across the aisle. Obama is seemingly incapable of this.
While it is only fair to point to the more highly polarized state of politics today, is it possible that he has also contributed to our current state of disfunction?
I have given this a little thought and I offer a couple points; number one, is this what happens when you give the job to an ivory towered academician who has never held a real job outside of academia short of the community organizing gig? Perhaps we are better served when you have a Biden, Clinton type guy with a little more touch of the car salesman, someone who can actually connect with people.
We are told that Obama is a transformational President. I think this falls in with his innate narcissistic personality disorder and a serious jesus/messiah complex. It is enough to be in the same room with him, we are transformed by merely touching the hem of his garment. His message of hope is a reasonable platitude but at no time does the rubber actually hit the road.
I will vote for him, solely because I believe in choice and a more sane supreme court, but that is about it. Look forward to four more crappy years.
"The tensions between Mr. Obama and the Gulf states, both American and Arab diplomats say, derive from an Obama character trait: he has not built many personal relationships with foreign leaders. “He’s not good with personal relationships; that’s not what interests him,” said one United States diplomat. “But in the Middle East, those relationships are essential. The lack of them deprives D.C. of the ability to influence leadership decisions.”A Lack of Chemistry
Arab officials echo that sentiment, describing Mr. Obama as a cool, cerebral man who discounts the importance of personal chemistry in politics. “You can’t fix these problems by remote control,” said one Arab diplomat with long experience in Washington. “He doesn’t have friends who are world leaders. He doesn’t believe in patting anybody on the back, nicknames.*
“You can’t accomplish what you want to accomplish” with such an impersonal style, the diplomat said."
Today Obama told world leaders that the recent violence is "an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded."
"If we are serious about those ideals, we must speak honestly about the deeper causes of this crisis," Obama said. "Because we face a choice between the forces that would drive us apart, and the hopes we hold in common."
We need to look at the deeper cause of the crisis. Because no normal person would behave like that. Send over the therapists.
Love the blast! The biggest business in the world is the US goverment. The CEO is a guy who never ran a business?????
"Today, we must affirm that our future will be determined by people like Chris Stevens, and not by his killers. Today, we must declare that this violence and intolerance has no place among our United Nations."Barack Obama
Obama is conducting a re-election effort. According to most pundits, if meetings with other national leaders are to be productive, there is much preparation time required, that given the election he is not able to spend. One can reasonably fault him for not meeting with the leaders and taking the time to prepare, but I think it is better not to meet than to go into a meeting with leaders and not be prepared. The US has a very capable Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, who is better prepared and capable of learning the other leader's concerns and relating the US policy.
Loved your assessment of Obama; however, while I’m clearly not a diehard republican, I will be gritting my teeth and voting for Romney.
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