Friday, March 20, 2009

PRESIDENT OBAMA: NEITHER A HEDGEHOG, NOR A FOX?

So writes Peggy Noonan in today's Wall Street Journal [surprisingly with no reference or link to this blog]. However, the style of governing she describes strikes me as fox-like, in the style of President William Jefferson Clinton: "In the face of [the two great issues, the economic crisis and our safety,] what strikes one is the weightlessness of the Obama administration, the jumping from issue to issue and venue to venue from day to day."

Lowell adds: I liked this paragraph:
Isaiah Berlin famously suggested a leader is a fox or a hedgehog. The fox knows many things but the hedgehog knows one big thing. In political leadership the hedgehog has certain significant advantages, focus and clarity of vision among them. Most presidents are one or the other. So far Mr. Obama seems neither.

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