In praise of the inactive president
Me, I say no, don’t get upset by this. Knowing what I do about the president’s instincts, I don’t want him making quick reactions. Snap judgments are not his forte. I prefer him to sit back and wait to see which way the wind blows.
More realistically, you can see this in both the Canadian prime minister and the American president. The two men are each out of step with their electorates, and so they have built in a hesitation time in their speeches, while the gears whirr and each man asks himself, “All right, can I really say that here?”
So until such time as my two countries can effect a trade, I’m okay with the hesitation time. It’s better than the alternative.