Mr. Obama is a man of supple intelligence, with a nuanced grasp of complex issues and evident skill at conciliation and consensus-building.Item: Reuters article, April 3, 2009:
Where President George W. Bush was known for his "cowboy diplomacy," his successor, President Barack Obama wants to be known as a listener and a builder of bridges. . .Item: PBS's Frontline, quoting the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza, April 13, 2010:
As financial markets rose on relief that the G20 summit had not ended in argument, Obama played up his role as a consensus-builder -- an image he emphasized during his political rise in the United States.
Obama's identity was he was a consensus builder.Item: Gallup poll, February 4, 2011:
President Barack Obama's job approval ratings were even more polarized during his second year in office than during his first, when he registered the most polarized ratings for a first-year president. An average of 81% of Democrats and 13% of Republicans approved of the job Obama was doing as president during his second year. That 68-point gap in party ratings is up from 65 points in his first year and is easily the most polarized second year for a president since Dwight Eisenhower.Conclusion: As Instapundit says, "A divider, not a uniter."