LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Leadership doesn’t entail coercion

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The president was invited to speak at the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address on Nov. 19, but he declined — even though he had used Lincoln’s name many times in speeches when running for president. Mr. Obama was also invited to speak at several fundraisers for politicians in California on Nov. 25, and those he accepted.

The helicopter flight to Gettysburg would have taken 20 minutes and a few hours out of his day. The 3,000-mile trip to California involved Air Force One and took at least the entire day, not to mention spending the taxpayers’ money required to make such a trip.

On the day of the Fort Hood massacre in Texas, the American people kept being notified that the president would address the nation about what had happened. When he finally came on TV, the first thing Mr. Obama said was that he wanted “to give a shout out” to Dr. Joe Medicine Crow. Only after the applause and yelling quieted down did he start talking about the massacre of 13 people.

It is obvious the man didn’t care about anything other than his own desires. His polished acting skills allow him to go from jubilant to somber in a flash.

Mr. Obama uses and abuses the highest elected office in our government, is not concerned at all about the will of the American people or our Constitution, and keeps pushing his own agenda on the people, whether we like it or not.

The presidency equals leadership, and authoritarianism equals dictatorship. At present, we seem to be leaning toward the latter.

Lambertville, N.J.

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