America has a macho problem. Too much of our culture is informed by the idea of manhood being defined by toughness. We love the idea of the bad ass as the good guy, doling out physical justice to those who have it coming.
Our half-hearted applause for the much touted toughness of Obama's tone in recent weeks betrays one fact: it looks like an act. Obama has secured his coveted bipartisan consensus in a ruinous assessment of his character.
The testosterone party is over. And not a moment too soon. America is looking for another type of President, a multilateralist -- flexible, able to admit his or her error, self-examined, and intellectual.