President Obama's basketball game makes me feel good about his foreign policy. What does basketball have to do with anything? Stay with me here.
The Middle East is a complex jumble of competing interests and conflicting emotions. The so-called experts haven't been able to figure it out, so the average voter certainly can't be expected to make sense of Ahmadinejad's bluster, Netanyahu's demands, redlines and nuclear facility developments.
Which is why we -- the voters -- need a trusted proxy. We have to vote for the guy whose judgment we trust to make the right decision on our behalf. Personally, I want to hire someone with good sense. With good values, good judgment, and good advisers.
Which is why I was so comforted when I heard the president's speech this morning at the U.N. It was strong, reasoned, strategic and sure.
It reminded me of Michael Lewis' description of the president's basketball game in the most recent issue of Vanity Fair.
The president, Lewis writes, is competitive but "efficient." He positions himself to have his team win. He knows the court. He's not a ball hog.
He doesn't shoot often, but when he does, he makes it.
Mitt Romney, on the other hand, continues to demonstrate his propensity to prematurely hyperventilate before getting the facts, to take wild shots when he's on the court. The president aptly described Romney after his gaffe on the night Ambassador Stephens was killed: He's someone who, "has a tendency to shoot first and aim later."
I don't know about you, but I don't want a guy whose foreign policy advisers come from the Bush administration's shoot-first stable of neocons. I don't want someone who has been coached to come barreling out of the barn with his six-shooters firing into the air. Or, in basketball terms, I don't want Sheldon Adelson -- with his personal playbook -- to buy and own the team. I don't want recklessness on the world court. Desperation is not a compelling trait in a president.
Bottom line: On the court and in foreign policy, I want a president who will shoot rarely, but when he does, his aim is sure.
Originally aired on The War Room with Jennifer Granholm. The War Room airs weeknights at 10 p.m. EST on Current TV. Follow Jennifer Granholm on Facebook and Twitter, and The War Room on Facebook and Twitter.