Barely a week ago, John Hinderaker pondered anointing President Obama as King:
. . . when it comes to foreign policy–it is a safe bet that Obama will do nothing, because doing something would require a decision.
That got me thinking: Obama enjoys being president, and he especially treasures the symbolic significance of being the first African-American president. That’s how his supporters feel, too. I haven’t heard anyone defend his actual performance in a long time, but there is still widespread satisfaction with the symbolic value of his presidency. So why don’t we make him king? If being the first African-American president has symbolic value, just think what it would mean for the first King of the United States to be African-American!
Now, a week later, more and more pundits and parsing his passivity in the face of multiple world crises. Some have praised the president’s passivity with Jennifer Rubin finding New York Times columnist David Brooks “glorifying Obama’s paralysis“. (Read the whole thing.) Ann Althouse, on the other hand, find Obama “disinclined to take positions or actions with respect to the core responsibilities of the presidency.“