The myth of the imperial presidency – FT.com

The Obama style of leadership is based on a consensus-based style:

It is impossible to imagine Mr Obama saying something that direct and brutal. Unlike the blue-blooded Roosevelt, Mr Obama’s life taught him to avoid confrontation. In his autobiography, the president wrote that as a young man he discovered that: “People were satisfied so long as you were courteous and smiled and made no sudden moves … such a pleasant surprise to find a well-mannered young black man who didn’t seem angry all the time.”

Mr Obama turned this personal insight into a political strategy and built his national political career as a conciliator – somebody who could bridge the gap between black and white Americans and between red and blue states. These personal differences help explain why Mr Obama could never be an FDR and “welcome” the hatred of his enemies.

via The myth of the imperial presidency – FT.com.

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One thought on “The myth of the imperial presidency – FT.com

  1. clarkanne12 says:

    One of the things that has stuck with me is the idea that to understand a country one has to understand the culture, which is the integral software of a country. I think that in order to understand the actions and movement of a presidency, one has to understand the culture of the presidency. So if Obama is a “conciliator” then his actions will probably be aligned with this idea. The future actions for the economy, the Middle East, especially with the recent Arab Spring, and the partisan Congress with most likely result in Obama working to compromise between different groups. The next questions is how this will affect future diplomacy.

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