The US president BO had hardly arrived when he let it be known, "the time for talk is over." From now on, he would take over the leadership of the negotiations.
Together with German Chancellor Merkel, the heads of Russia, Brazil, Japan, the EU and other prominent countries, Obama went to work. But things didn't go like the Nobel prize winner had imagined. Only German Environment minister Norber Roettgen remained optimistic. Despite the tough negotiation, he opined, there could be a resulting compromise. "Today we throw the dice."
Instead, it turned into a fiasco. [...]
According to rumors from the Bella Center, President BO is said to have asked for a conversation with Wen jibao to bring up the matters. But O had to wait. Wen, according to the rumors, almost never left his hotel room and could not be found. Finally the US Delegation succeeded in finding the chinese premier in a conference room. An obviously angry Obama is said to have stormed into the room. "Are you ready yet to talk with me Mr Premier?" he is said to have shouted. "Are you ready now? Mr Prmier, are you ready to talk with me?" What a stage entrance for a US President.
However, Wen was not alone in the room, as Obama literally burst in, according to members of the congress. The Chinese (premier) was in the middle of talks with India's head of state Mammohan Singh and the South African president Jacob Zuma. Suddenly the group found itself forced into a conversation with the US president.
We've noticed his bull-headed bossiness here in Israel. Obama cares about one opinion, his own. The he tells others to "negotiate" but they must conclude the way he wants. Isn't that what has been happening?
Obama is missing out on the fine points of "politikking," negotiating, the give and take while giving the impression that the other has given more when you've really taken the lion's share.
There doesn't seem to be any real positive/friendly chemistry between Obama and the other world leaders. He's not much of a team player. Don't blame it on his relative "youth." He's no kid. He's an image thrust in a very important role, cast for his superficial characteristics. But when push comes to shove, it will be shown that he's The Peter Principle personified.