During President Obama's first term, political opponents and conservative minded pundits often accused him of “lack of leadership.”
They allege lack of leadership regarding Afghanistan.
They allege lack of leadership regarding Iran.
They allege lack of leadership regarding Syria.
They allege lack of leadership on unemployment.
They allege lack of leadership on the entitlement reform.
They allege lack of leadership on the federal budget.
They are wrong.
Obama is exercising leadership. He just is not leading in the direction his critics want him to go.
He entertains a vision of America more in line with Western Europe. He relentlessly works to achieve that vision in the long run.
To achieve that vision, he must secure victory over the Republican opposition in the short run.
President Obama is involved in a high stakes gamble in which he refuses to compromise with the Republican controlled House and attempts to rally public opinion to his side in campaign style events in anticipation of the next election. With a victory by the Social Democrats in the 2014 midterms, the President will enjoy the freedom to reduce the freedom of others.
Meanwhile, the fluffers in the mainstream media and the President's supporters follow along with no questions asked and a childlike faith in their leader . . .