Barack Obama revealed himself to be a second hander in an infamous statement he made on foreign policy:
"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK," Obama said. "That's not leadership. That's not going to happen," he added." -- Barack Obama
His focus is on what other countries think of us, not on the facts of reality and how they determine what we should do.
He has made another revealing statement:
“I am like a Rorschach test,” he said in an interview with The New York Times. “Even if people find me disappointing ultimately, they might gain something.”
Who would say, "I am like a Rorschach test" but someone who tries to be all things to all people? Reminds me of Bill Clinton, who had a talent for saying what the hearer wanted to hear.
I wonder if this spineless desire to please all is produced by progressive education's mission of "socializing" students or if it is just an occupational hazard of politics.