But Enough About Me . . .

Does Obama understand that the office of the presidency is bigger– much bigger–than he is?
by William Kristol
06/01/2009, Volume 014, Issue 35

In an interview for Richard Wolffe’s new book, Renegade: The Making of a President, Obama told the Newsweek reporter he wants to hold a “Muslim summit.”

If I had a Muslim summit, I think that I can speak credibly to them about the fact that I respect their culture, that I understand their religion, that I have lived in a Muslim country, and as a consequence I know it is possible to reconcile Islam with modernity and respect for human rights and a rejection of violence. And I think I can speak with added credibility.

Does Obama grasp that his task is to advance U.S. interests in a lasting way, not his own personal approval rating in the world? As we saw on his earlier apology tour through Europe and his attendance at the Summit of the Americas, the attempt to advance his own standing can come at the expense of standing up for the nation he represents.

Barack Obama happens temporarily to occupy the White House. He is entitled to pride in his own achievement and confidence in his own abilities. But it would be good if he showed that he understood that he is now president of the United States first, and Barack Obama, admirer of his own journey, second.

–William Kristol

Complete Article at:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/016/532tzlcn.asp?pg=1

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