In an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal, Barack Obama points out what a leader is supposed to do: leaders are not meant to understand every single detail of every single issue, they’re supposed to hire and lead a team of experts that know better than him. Crooks and Liars has a link to an interesting discussion of the candidate’s language, and how it relates to how they view their roll in the White House.
My personal feeling – and this probably lends itself to my support for Barack Obama more than anything – is that we need a leader with a vision, not a micro-manager with a clipboard. Despite my obvious differences with Hillary Clinton, I respect her encyclopedic knowledge of the issues. And while I suspect her ego would forbid it, I think she’d make a great vice president or close ally to the White House in the Senate. But in the White House, I suspect she would be like the squelching boss I’ve always hated working for: constantly overseeing every little issue while totally losing sight of the big picture.
I don’t doubt but that Clinton would hire a team of advisers to die for. But I think Barack Obama could hire the same team and get better results. Just a gut feeling based on personal experience.