Policy and charisma
WHAT HAPPENED WHAT OTHERS SAID
FOR THE SECOND WEEK the world made much of the election of Barack Obama as US President elect. The possibility of Obama acting as a mediator in the Middle East was mentioned. The hope was expressed that he’d place the world on the right track regarding alternative energy. There were questions about the cult being built around him as a person. THE HERALD said Obama could play a major role in restoring the order disrupted by the George W Bush administration by branding various organisations as “terrorists”. Die Burger said that was all good and well but the major lesson in the US – as in SA – is that political choices must be based on policies and principles, not on charisma.