Obama: Style is more like Ike than JFK - Yahoo! News In 2008, many of Barack Obama's supporters thought they might be electing another John F. Kennedy. But his recent maneuvers increasingly suggest that they selected another Dwight Eisenhower. That's not a comment on President Obama's effectiveness or ideology, but rather on his conception of presidential leadership. Whether he is confronting the turmoil reshaping the Middle East or the escalating budget wars in Washington, Obama most often uses a common set of strategies to pursue his goals. Those strategies have less in common with Kennedy's inspirational, public-oriented leadership than with the muted, indirect, and targeted Eisenhower model that political scientist Fred Greenstein memorably described as a "hidden hand" presidency. This approach has allowed Obama to achieve many of his domestic and international aimsfrom passing the health reform legislation that marked its stormy first anniversary this week to encouraging Egypt's peaceful transfer of power. But, like it did for Eisenhower, this style has exposed Obama to charges of passivity, indecisiveness, and leading from behind. The pattern has left even some of his supporters uncertain whether he is shrewdor timid. Shrewd or timid? Well, bowing down to the Republitards on the Bush taxcuts wasn't shrewd or timid, it was downright stupid. There is nothing shrewd about a president that has shown he is more willing to bend to the opposition as opposed to bending the opposition. There is nothing shrewd about bombing Libya and using lies as justification as opposed to taking the fight to Republitards who want to "balance the budget" but putting more money in the pockets of the rich who created a financial crisis and making cuts to the unfortunate and middle class. Its easy to drop bombs on a dictator in an oil rich African country that the West has long sought to exploit than to stand up to the bullies back at home that are really having an effect on Americans, thats not shrewd, thats incompetence and a sense of misplaced priorities.