From the New York Times (emphasis added):
The Unifying LeaderNOV. 24, 2014David BrooksOver the past two weeks, President Obama and Republicans in Congress have taken their conflicts to another level. I’m not here to apportion blame, but it would be nice if, in the future, we evaluated presidential candidates on the basis of whether they are skilled at the art of collaboration...The collaborative leader is willing to be vulnerable. Trust is built when one person is vulnerable to another and the other person doesn’t take advantage of it. Then that person is vulnerable back and the favor is returned. The collaborative leader understands the paradox; you have to take off the armor to build strong bonds....
Dear Mr. Brooks,
The characteristics of the "collaborative president" you describe are eerily similar to those of a gentleman named Barack Obama, who came to Washington six years ago and -- in the wake of the unmitigated failure of the Bush Administration (which you backed to the hilt) -- did, in fact, try with superhuman patience to govern in exactly the manner you pretend to pine for until the relentless, raving lunacy, nihilism, paranoia, bigotry and lockstep strategic obstruction of your Republican Party made that impossible.
So Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.
How about you take off your armor, "collaborative president" style.And I'll wait for you in the alley, Republican Party style.And we'll see how that works out.
Yours in Christ,