I’m not sure I know what that means. I guess it means Gerald Warner thinks Barack Obama is a bit of a nancy boy. Or at least that Obama is more style than substance – but surely no one needed to be told that?
Whatever it means, Warner is right to say that in terms of concrete results, the presidential tour did not achieve a great deal.
Obama has been lauded for his role at the G20. But the G20 didn’t do anything except list a few naughty tax havens. After that it was all up to the mighty Kevin.
He has been lauded for his conciliatory words to the Islamic world. But every positive and conciliatory thing he said had already been said by President Bush.
On North Korea, he has managed to sound like Hans Blix in Team America (extreme language warning). ‘We will be very, very angry with you, and we will write a letter telling you how angry we are.’
OK, the guy is new in the job. But the fact is, the guy is new in any job. He has no management or leadership experience. It is becoming clear, as Joe Biden pointed out before the election, that the presidency is not the place for on-the-job training.
The US is the wealthiest, most powerful nation in the world. With great power comes great responsibility. That responsibility extends beyond US interests and security. US citizens when voting have a responsibility not only to their own nation, but to the world.
I ask again – what were you thinking?