Talking Tough

This weekend on a political blabfest, Barack Obama derided President Bush for always talking tough but not backing up the talk with wise decisions. Obama assured viewers that he is tough, noting, “Somebody who has arrived where I am, out of Chicago politics, has to have a little bit of steel in them.” So why isn’t Chicago’s mayor running for president?

Obama also said he is unafraid to make tough decisions in the national interest: “I have the capacity, I think, to make strong decisions even if they’re unpopular, even if they’re uncomfortable, even if sometimes I lose some friends.”

Is that why he’s unwilling even to consider privatizing even a portion of the financially shaky Social Security system? If Obama can’t even stand up to the old lions in the Democratic Party, what does al Qaeda have to worry about?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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