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  • Profiles in Leadership: JFK v.s. Obama

    Too many Americans are worried about the future facing our children. Meanwhile, competition within the global economy has grown more fierce. So we can’t simply afford to ignore the price of these wars.

    - President Barack Obama, A New Way Forward, December 2, 2009.

    Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

    - President John Kennedy, January 20, 1961

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    6 Responses to Profiles in Leadership: JFK v.s. Obama

    1. Bobbie Jay says:

      Now that's a man that loved his country!

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    3. cris, CA says:

      Obama does not speak for the American public; he is disconnected and self absorbed. He is weak in his position as our Commander-in-Chief; his speech on Afghanistan insulted the military and every patriotic American.

    4. Ben Franklin, IN says:

      When your commanding general comes to you and says I need 80,000 troops to ensure success, you say: "Are you sure that's enough?" … not "Let me think about it."

    5. Mo, Raleigh says:

      I think I grasp the (not so) subtle ploy here, but I'm left asking, "What's your point?" That JFK employed more lofty, inspirational rhetoric in one speech than did Obama? That such high-mindedness translates to better stewardship of a war?

      The Foundry has criticized Obama in the past for comparable, JFK-esque lofty. Yet here it is (not so) covertly lauded, making for grave contradiction. Were Obama to have issued a flowery, idealistic statement on Tuesday, it likely would have been met with criticism in this forum as hollow, insufficiently analytical, and unrealistic.

      Read David Brooks' Dec. 3rd Times column – The Analytic Mode – for a solid perspective on Obama's leadership.

      (Aside: and in the upper echelons of military intelligence, no voice has stepped out opposed to what is a very realistic, comprehensive strategy from the President.)

      This post above borders on the condescending and lazy, and falls squarely into the irrelevant.

    6. Bobbie Jay says:

      You've been around for the last year, haven't you Mo? You read the title of the blog, right? The comments? Especially, Ben Franklin's?

      Keep to your left. We'll stay to the right.

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