Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Being President Barack Obama VIII
The world is witnessing something that we have not quite seen before in recent global leadership: a world leader who is not moved by pressure, who sets his own pace and speaks when he deems necessary. For a few days before the rescue of Captain Phillips at sea reporters were insisting that the President respond to the pirates. He did not. He quietly authorized lethal force, empowered those on the sea to make the decision, waited for the outcome, and only then did he speak about the rescue, taking no credit for the outcome, but praising those who delivered excellent results under incredible circumstances. This is great leadership.