There have been many good presidents, and their backgrounds are varied. But none has been a blogger, a pundit, an editor of the New Yorker, or a writer for Vanity Fair.
When and how then does this president's intellect shimmer? At meetings.
He does seem a genius at chairing a forum, as at the "nuclear summit" in April, where the Washington Post claimed that he shone as a teacher, "calling on leaders to speak, embellish, oppose, and offer alternatives," coaxing consensus and forging agreements among 45 countries at hand.
The problem was that the value of these things was limited, as the attending countries weren't menacing anyone, while Iran and Korea, who were not in attendance, went on happily building their bombs.
He isn't a sphinx, he's a seminar leader who's out of his element. And more and more out of his depth.
Monday, July 05, 2010
Noemie Emery: Too brilliant to fail
We've elected a covener, not a leader.