Almost Leaderless

by Amy Zidell

President Obama began his presidency with an international Apologize for America Tour. It's time for fair play.

In the relatively short time since his inauguration, there have already been countless occasions where as Americans we would like to apologize for President Obama. One of the first actions necessitating an apology was President Obama's nixing the statue of legendary British statesman Sir Winston Churchill from the White House. I am sorry United Kingdom.

The Dalai Lama's White House visit included being ushered out a back door amongst a pile of trash bags. I am sorry Dalai Lama.

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the White House, President Obama did not pose for a photograph with him but rather left him for a private dinner. According to, The Times The Sunday Times, "Mr. Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr. Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White house, consult with advisers, and 'Let me know if there is anything new.' " I am sorry Bibi.

The recent unfolding events in Egypt have provided President Obama a unique, historic opportunity to demonstrate command, leadership, and statesmanship. Up to his uncharacteristically presidential statement delivered Friday afternoon, February 11th -- unfortunately, at least publicly, this opportunity has largely been squandered pitifully by his entire administration with schizophrenic responses. The expressed weak leadership is embarrassing not just for Americans but also troubling for our allies and potential allies. We can only hope that behind-the-scenes diplomacy has been saner. The public face of sober leadership was too long in coming. I am sorry Middle East.

Egypt is a longtime and important ally and its people seeking true democracy deserve coherent and beneficial support from the United States.

Egypt, Mubarak, Obama, revolution, media, democracy, United Kingdom, Winston Churchill, Dalai Lama, Netanyahu, Middle East

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