The Obama Disconnect

Richard Butrick
Obama is a big  believer in word power: "Don't tell me words don't matter," Mr. Obama said, to applause. " 'I have a dream' -- just words? 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal' -- just words? 'We have nothing to fear but fear itself' -- just words? Just speeches?" And the man can cast a spell - no doubt about it. Chris Matthew's leg is still tingling. But with King, the Founding Fathers and FDR, words were backed up by deeds. No so in the case of Obama, according to Leon Panetta. His recent assessment of Obama's operational style bears out the word magic element in the President's leadership style. Here is Ruth Marcus of the WaPo on Panetta's assessment: Leon Panetta served in Washington with nine presidents, starting with Lyndon Johnson. He has been a member of Congress, Office of Management and Budget director, White House chief of staff, director of the Central Intelligence Agency and secretary of defense -- the last two under President...(Read Full Post)

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