Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Why Do Bad Things Always Happen To Him

Reading the first paragraph, the author clearly feels that President Obama is just a poor victim of aides writing books about him.
From the Financial Times: 
Writing kiss-and-tell memoirs is as old as the US republic. But few presidents have had to suffer as much from them while still in office as Barack Obama. The publication of Worthy Fights by Leon Panetta, Mr Obama’s former Pentagon chief and head of the Central Intelligence Agency, marks the fifth such book by a senior official in Mr Obama’s administration. Because it is written by a traditionally loyal – and highly disciplined – elder statesman, it will count as among the more damaging.
The book solidifies the portraits served up in earlier memoirs. Mr Obama’s “most conspicuous weakness”, according to Mr Panetta, is a “frustrating reticence to engage his opponents and rally support for his cause”. This echoes the sketch offered by Robert Gates, who was Mr Panetta’s predecessor at the Pentagon, and whose memoir, Duty, came out in January. Mr Panetta reinforces conventional wisdom by claiming America’s 44th president “lacks fire”. He adds: “Too often he [Obama] relies on the logic of a law professor rather than the passion of a leader.”
Perhaps, if Obama was a better president, maybe he wouldn't have all these kiss and tell books about him.

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