I was listening to WMAL’s The Grandy Group this morning on my commute into work, and they were discussing Kathleen Parker’s recent op-ed in The Washington Post, where she makes the clear comparison to how President Barack Obama is acting like a woman in terms of his leadership. During their discussion, many callers were agreeing with Parker’s statements and citing Obama’s lack of leadership with the BP crisis, along with other issues.
The question still remains: Does President Obama act like a female? Good question and one whose answer should not be taken lightly. This is also a topic that requires sensitivity.
While I agree with a few of the points raised in Ms. Parker’s op-ed, I would not go as far to say that Obama is the first female President. After all, he does not meet the gender requirements (though, you could imagine that this opens the doors for a new movement…the gender-izers) for this title. To say, that he acts like a female, this would mean offending many, myself included. Females are strong, sensitive, and personable. I mean, we take care of family (round-the-clock…you know, cooking, cleaning, keeping the house in order…i.e., the 24-hour shift), friends, and working outside the home. Obama does not fit that criteria by a long shot, as he is the Commander-in-Chief of our country…a full-time job with little to no explanation and one that requires leadership.
Ms. Parker was right in one area is that Obama should take more incentive in being a leader, rather than shying away from his elected duties. When Obama heard about the BP oil spill, his response was “Plug the Damn Hole.” It was masculine, but instead of taking the leadership role, he has shied away and focusing on other more important matters…playing golf, taking the Russian President to a burger joint. It appears that Obama is insecure about his leadership abilities and is delegating his job to Congress, who seems to have more power at this point than the President.
Perhaps, it is time for Obama to realize that being President requires strong leadership and determination. Instead of taking time off to play golf, Obama should be down in Louisiana working to solve the BP crisis or working to improve the economy (this is the top issue concerning Americans right now). If he continues this path, it does not bode well for his re-election chances come 2012.