by Andy Weddington
Monday, 21 July 2014
"People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives." Theodore Roosevelt
About an hour ago President Obama approached the podium, later than expected, on the White House's South Lawn - he spoke about the fighting between Israel and Hamas and spent a bit more time addressing the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week. His last word was "thanks" and he did not take any questions.
The Executive Summary of the President's remarks: outrage; facts; truth; accountability. The same words he's used to address every crisis - foreign and domestic. And they are meaningless - think Fast & Furious; Solyndra; Benghazi; NSA data collection; IRS targeting conservatives and missing emails; et al.
Outrage? Shallow. Facts? Irrelevant and never. Truth? Dodged and buried. Accountability? Not a chance.
Our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, had a simple foreign policy: Speak softly, and carry a big stick.
He was a leader who led.
Our 44th President's foreign policy: Speak loudly, while whittling away the stick.
That is - words vice sword (reposition the 's' - it leads from the rear vice front).
He is a boss who drives.
Some believe too many golf balls.
The only thing presidents Roosevelt and Obama have in common is recognition with the Nobel Peace Prize. With the latter's arguably premature.
President Roosevelt was awarded (posthumously) the Medal of Honor. President Obama has presented a few Medals of Honor.
There's a big difference between a president who had been in battle and one who has not so much as worn our country's military uniform. That difference is directly reflected in how loudly they speak and the size of their stick.
So, what now can America expect?
Business as usual.
The president is eager to move on - to the next fundraiser.
International horrors are taking public attention away from the domestic crimes dogging President Obama. The White House is surely giddy.