- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

On Oct. 28, President Obama flew to Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base to honor the return of 18 servicemen killed in Afghanistan. Then, on Nov. 10, the president flew to Fort Hood, Texas, to honor the soldiers and civilians killed in the first terrorist attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. What was missing at both of these events was any emotional connection by the president to the nation’s losses.

Once thought of as cool, calm and collected, Mr. Obama has revealed himself to be a colder, more calculating individual - and somewhat narcissistic. These are not traits that endear a president to the public - hence the falling poll numbers.

A president must be able to shed a few tears once in a while. As president, George W. Bush was seen with tears in his eyes as he dealt with the tragic events of Sept. 11 and the acts of heroism and sacrifice in the aftermath. Tears show both humility and humanity. To date, Mr. Obama has shown neither.

JEFF JORGENSEN

Treynor, Iowa

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