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Obama is quite good at the former, and pretty crappy at the latter. And he seems to enjoy the head of state function much more.
In short, Bob Hope.
I have always found his style to be totally unoriginal, measured and predictable. In short, truly uninspiring.
No one is ever interested when I refer to him, but if you want to listen to someone truly gifted and inspirational, listen or watch Malcolm X. His brain and his heart are interconnected. He speaks spontaneously. And he never measures or minces his words.
I wish people on the left - or progressives - would listen to him because he is the Gold Standard for honesty and integrity by which we could (and should) measure political discourse.
Then we would be really reluctant to settle for people like Obama who mix a little truth with a lot of b.s.
I'm talking about demanding that a politician speak openly and honestly about what they think and feel. Spontaneously. Someone who takes people seriously and cares and thinks about them 24/7.
That's why I referred to Malcolm.
But nobody is interested.
Today, by contrast, in these economically and politically troubling times, we have a president who has so far fallen surprisingly short both in the rhetoric, and in spirit where he has shown disappointing weakness in dealing with the political opposition.
Churchill: even this liberal acknowledges he was the right man for the times.
Obama: a once-promising political figure who has turned out to be far better suited temperamentally to governing in much calmer times.
That is certainly true in the economic sphere, the worst situation since the GD, and increasingly attention is being drawn to the ugly, violent tenor of our political discourse as well as our seemingly broken political system in D.C.
Obama just doesn't seem quite up to the task of directly and forcefully addressing these problems. He would have been better suited to a quieter time, the post-Watergate 70s perhaps or the post-Cold War 90s.
Not a great crisis president so far.
The other secondary stuff, I give you. Except as during his 2d PMship he presciently understood the major turning point for the USSR upon the death of Stalin and promising signals from the emerging new leadership, tried to tell newly-installed prez Eisenhower about it, only to be told the US wasn't interested in exploring a new post-Stalin beginning with the Soviets. What a different outcome it might have been for the world if Ike had been only half as smart as WC about the Soviets.
No one will pay attention to Malcolm.