Barack Obama as Sailor/Politician
by Jamison Koehler on September 7, 2012
I think it was President Clinton’s former political advisor Dick Morris who compared the skills needed by an American president to those of a good sailor.
You know you want to go from Point A to Point B. You can ignore the wind and sit idle in the water or, worse, have your sails ripped to shreds by the wind. Or you can take the winds into consideration in setting your course. The line may not be perfectly straight – you may zig zag a few times – but at least you get where you want to go.
This is why I am always surprised to hear people complain about how disillusioned they are that President Obama has turned out to be nothing more than a politician. What exactly were they expecting when they cast their vote for him? A schoolteacher? A clergyman or file clerk? And what exactly would they have preferred? What profession would better equip a person for the presidency – for dealing with Congress, national security, and the economy — than someone who knows a thing or two about
sailing politics? And success in each of these areas necessarily involves political compromise.