April 23, 2009
Get a Grip on Obama's Handshake
Christian Science Monitor, Christian Science Monitor
President Obama's recent grip-and-grin with Venezuelan firebrand Hugo ChÃ¡vez has sparked a barrage of criticism on the Internet and in Washington. So did Mr. Obama's apparent bow before the Saudi king at the Group of 20 meeting. And then there was his admission in Europe that the US has sometimes shown "arrogance" toward its allies.
What's the matter with these gestures? They portray the president as an apologist and naive, and the United States as weak, say critics. They undermine the democratic and leadership values "“ the moral fiber "“ that give America its strength.
Get a grip. Those who are racing to challenge Mr. Obama's new tone "“ some prominent Republicans but also a few Democrats...
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