President Barack Obama just wrapped up a successful foreign trip, which started with meetings with India’s and China’s leaders in the wake of a failed Trump trip, and ended at the Les Napoléons summit in Paris for media leaders, financiers, and academics. The sorely missed American leader took the opportunity to address the sexual harassment scandals that have been rattling Washington, including Obama’s successor, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by 16 women.
According to France’s AFP, Obama said that women should take over positions of power from men ““because men seem to be having some problems these days . . . Not to generalize but women seem to have a better capacity than men do, partly because of their socialization.”
Without naming Trump, or other politicians embroiled in sexual predation scandals, like theocratic Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, or Democrats like Sen. Al Franken, Rep. John Conyers Jr., and Rep. Ruben Kihuen, Obama addressed the damage that gender disparity in political representation causes our country and the world.
For example, if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who exited the State Department with a 69% approval rating, had been elected over the ignorant, unqualified, bigoted, spiteful Trump, the United States would not have exited the Paris Climate Agreement, leaving us as the only country in the entire world not to participate.
In his speech at Les Napoléons, Obama decried the “temporary absence of U.S. leadership” on climate change.
He also touted what might be called a more “feminine” approach to leadership that nurtures, rather than abuses, the talents of a political team: “How can I make the people around me better? How do I empower them… how do I build a team where everyone’s pulling together to get something done?”
True to form, the former president is playing a long game that doesn’t hinge America’s position in the world on the Pretender-in-Chief currently occupying the Oval Office. Instead, he lays out a vision for the America that adapt itself to a changing world and one day lead again. The secret to that evolving leadership, Obama suggests, rests with women.