Obama: politician vs governing leader | Why I support the man I didn't vote 4. Obama the politician and Obama the governing leader...just the facts ma'am. In the primary, I voted for Hillary Clinton over Obama over the issue of Foreign policy experience among a few other minor issues. Same reasoning goes for my voting for McCain over Obama. but let's face facts. On many issues, Obama has stepped up to the plate and alienated his base for the good of the country as a whole. Now that's leadership! Obama is learning on the job, as have most US Presidents, and Obama is learning on the job during a crisis most reasonable and rational people agreed back in 2008, was one of the most troubling times since the Great Depression of the early 20th century. I criticized Obama's lack of, or style of, leadership during the health care debate, but let us all be honest: Obama has shown great leadership in trouble times.