- Posted September 25, 2008 by
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Debate night in America
Obama's Lack of Leadership
I think that Barack Obama's decision to continue on the campaign trail is an asinine and ridiculous decision. This is the worst financial crisis that our country has faced since the Great Depression and while he is running for President, he needs to remember that his first (and only) job as of now is to be a senator representing the state of Illinois. Real leadership requires making an intelligent decision, and while it's great that Obama can say that he is going to do two things at once I believe this economic crisis requires a full dedication of his time. One cannot stump on the campaign trail, fly all over the country, make speeches and television appearances and also help solve this issue. There are only so many hours in a day, and seeing as this crisis could lead to a depression, it seems fitting that a senator ought to be focusing all of his energy on solving this issue before tackling presidential campaigns.
If any Americans are not aware of Obama's nomination to become President then they are out of tune, and as such, I don't believe he needs to be on the campaign trail. Actions speak louder than words, and John McCain's decision to return to Washington (while clearly partially influenced by political maneuvering) also shows true leadership. The man recognizes that his primary job is to serve the people of Arizona, and if he were campaigning he wouldn't be dedicating his everything to figuring out what to do in this crisis and thus wouldn't be serving the people of Arizona or the American people as well as he should be. It is McCain who has made a wise decision here, and the junior senator from Illinois who has made a hard-headed decision.
Real leaders work for the people - and in the last 24 hours John McCain has proven that he understands that while Obama continues to talk the talk but he fails to walk the walk. Return to DC, where your job is, Obama!