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.