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Keystone, Obama, and Leadership

8:08 AM, Feb 9, 2012 • By JIM PREVOR
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Of course, to say that President Obama “had no choice” is to say that it is unreasonable to expect leadership from him. Leaders both help educate their supporters as to what is desirable and stand up to them when the national interest demands.

If President Obama loses reelection, one key reasons will be because he will have had trouble defending this decision in a way acceptable to the U.S. voting population. The pipeline means not only short term jobs but access to a secure source of oil. The environmental impact of the pipeline is likely to be no more than that of the many pipelines we already have crossing the country.

We seem to have reached a point in our politics in which op-ed columnists for the New York Times think it is unreasonable to expect the president of the United States to do things that are not in their short-term political interests. If our expectations for our political leadership are so low, our ability to progress as a nation will be low indeed.

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