The African in Obama

By Ben Cohen

Desmond Tutu recognizes the African in Obama:

You see already some examples of Obama’s style of leading. Right

after the election, he was sitting with McCain and they were agreeing.

That’s a fantastic image! It doesn’t happen in many countries in the

world that people who are so at each other’s throats at a campaign can

then sit and say, “We are going to collaborate.” That’s the style of

leadership the world is so hungry for, where the leader asks, “What is

your opinion, what is your opinion?”

The African in him is the one who is making him ask, “What is the

consensus?” That’s the African way at its best. The good leader in

Africa is the leader who keeps quiet and lets others speak and then

says at the end, “I have heard you all, and this is our mind.”

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.