- - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The problem President Obama has with credibility is simple: He has only two dimensions. Objects can be defined as having three dimensions: height, width and depth. The president has the first two. We see his height and width on television daily, but there does not seem to be any depth to the man.

Mr. Obama would garner some respect if he had depth as a leader, manager or administrator. All three of these dimensions are absent, which adds up to a lack of credibility in the eyes of other heads of state. Leaders set the tone for the things they want to accomplish. Leaders are able to get people to do things they otherwise would not do; just ask any officer or non-commissioned officer who has served in combat and yelled “Follow me!” to his troops. Leadership was present on June 6, 1944, during the Normandy landings. Leadership was present at Iwo Jima. Leadership was present at Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg.

Mr. Obama is unable to get Congress to do what he wants, but a leader would find a way to get things done — constitutionally — even with people of different viewpoints. That missing third dimension is where the president gets into trouble. He says things, but there is nothing behind the facade.

DAVID DORN

Corona, Calif.