President Obama Schools ’60 Minutes’ Reporter on What Real Leadership Looks Like (Video)

president-obama-60-minutesThere’s an odd infatuation in this country with Russian President Vladimir Putin. While I look at him as an insecure leader who’s trying desperately to seem powerful and macho, there are those who see his desperate tactics as signs that he’s a strong leader, even if they claim to disagree with what he does.


You’ve heard this sort of rhetoric for years from Republicans. To hear many members of the GOP talk, they actually show more respect toward Putin and his “leadership” than they do our own president. Then again, as I’ve argued before, in many ways Putin would make a great Republican by their own standards.

But I see the Russian president as a reactionary individual who’s desperately trying to put on a facade that he’s strong and powerful, mostly to coverup the fact that his nation’s economy is crumbling thanks to his poor leadership.

Judging from his comments during an interview on “60 Minutes,” President Obama agrees with me on this. The president schooled Steve Kroft on what real leadership looks like:

Kroft: You said a year ago the United States, America leads. We’re the indispensable nation. Mr. Putin seems to be challenging that leadership.

Obama: In what way? Let’s think about this.

Kroft: Well, he’s moved troops into Syria, for one. He’s got people on the ground. Two, the Russians are conducting military operations in the Middle East for the first time since World War II, bombing the people that we are supporting.

Obama: So that’s ‘leading,’ Steve?” Let me ask you this question. When I came into office, Ukraine was governed by a corrupt ruler who was a stooge of Mr. Putin. Syria was Russia’s only ally in the region and today, rather than being able to count on their support and maintain the base they had in Syria which they’ve had for a long time, Mr. Putin now is devoting his own troops, his own military, just to barely hold together by a thread his sole ally.

Kroft: He’s challenging your leadership, Mr. President.

Obama: Steve, I’ve got to tell you, if you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we’ve got a different definition of leadership.

President Obama is exactly right. Aggravating Obama probably plays a part in Putin’s decision to order military strikes in Syria, but the bottom line remains that Putin is desperate to keep one of his few remaining allies, Bashar al-Assad, in power. His actions aren’t those of a leader who’s trying to take charge of a situation, they’re a reaction to the realization that with every day that passes, Assad moves closer to losing power in Syria. This is not real leadership coming from Putin, this is desperation. 


The truth of the matter is, while President Obama plays chess – people like Vladimir Putin are playing checkers.

Watch the interview below via CBS News:



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • strayaway

    Remember when president Obama was talking up bombing Syria? The world turned against him and he was left resorting to training “moderate” rebels to destabilize and topple Assad. Obama was hoping to have another Libya moment, talk about macho, in overturning Assad. That didn’t work so well either. Moderate rebels kept turning over their US weapons to IS and either fleeing the country or joining IS. That’s when Putin first stepped in setting up a questionable agreement with Assad promising to take away poison gas. Putin thereby managed to put his foot in the door and start edged Obama out. Senate Republicans since provided $500M to help Obama arm and train more moderate rebels to overthrow Assad. That money has since gone down the drain too. As much fun as putting Obama in his silly place might be to Putin, Putin might simply not want IS to get powerful enough to stir up indigenous Russian Muslims. He is consequently backing up Assad – the number one opponent of IS in the region.

  • kevin

    This author Clifton is an obvious delusional left wing Obama sycophant. .if he thinks Obama “schooled” Steve Kroft, Clifton is truly intoxicated on the Obama Kool aid..LOL! Kroft DESTROYED Obama in front of 10 Million + people…it was actually quite embarrassing. ..

    As usual Obama’s Unpresidential immature demeanor showcased the WEAKNESS that Kroft highlighted. … did anyone ever think this country would be perceived with such weak and feeble leadership as the Jimmy Carter years…. ? Obama has literally restarted the Cold War, wiped out all the gains in the middle east and paved the way for the most heinous terrosit groups in history, in just 6 short years..

    And has set us up for the most DIRE economic collapse most of us will ever live to see…

    Liberal insanity. .all you can do is laugh at this nonsense. ..