Zuckerman’s Scalding Critique Of Obama
There's a great deal of substance in this critique of Obama, much of it hard to argue against, unfortunately. If he doesn't soon grow up – and get some serious adults around him, he'll go down as something of a political mirage. The far Left had wandered in the desert so long under Clinton and then Bush, they dreamed Obama up and the media packaged him for the masses. Certainly, he'll be reclaimed, just as was Carter. But at this rate, in just over two years, he will disappear back into the political ether from which he sprang.
… Another journalist put it differently when he described Obama as an "NPR [National Public Radio] president who gives wonderful speeches." In other words, he talks the talk but doesn't know how to walk the walk. The Obama presidency has so far been characterized by a well-intentioned but excessive belief in the power of rhetoric with too little appreciation of reality and loyalty.
… America right now appears to be unreliable to traditional friends, compliant to rivals, and weak to enemies. One renowned Asian leader stated recently at a private dinner in the United States, "We in Asia are convinced that Obama is not strong enough to confront his opponents, but we fear that he is not strong enough to support his friends."