Witness the differences in style , class , humility and emphasis exhibited by our leaders , both past and present , while speaking of the monumental events of their days , Courtesy of Michael Mukasey at WSJ :

Obama on the killing of Bin Laden :

I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority . . . even as I continued our broader effort. . . . Then, after years of painstaking work by my intelligence community I was briefed . . . I met repeatedly with my national security team . . . And finally last week I determined that I had enough intelligence to take action. . . . Today, at my direction . . .”   

Notice a pattern ?

George Bush on the capture of Saddam Hussein :

 “a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq.” He (GWB) attributed it to “the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator’s footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers. . . . Their work continues, and so do the risks.”

“He did mention himself at the end: “Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate them.” “

Dwight D Eisenhower on the landings at Normandy :

 “One week ago this morning there was established through your coordinated efforts our first foothold in northwestern Europe. High as was my preinvasion confidence in your courage, skill and effectiveness . . . your accomplishments . . . have exceeded my brightest hopes.”

  “Eisenhower did mention himself at the end: “I truly congratulate you upon a brilliantly successful beginning. . . . Liberty loving people everywhere would today like to join me in saying to you, ‘I am proud of you.'”


Read the whole thing . Mr Mukasey offers a fine insight into the mind of the current Oval Office occupant and how much it differs from what we expect in a man of quality , grace , humility and strength . 


Below I include a couple more that weren’t in the linked article , demonstrating I think , the same idea .


Ronald W Reagan on missile strikes against Gaddafi in response to proof of Libyan involvement with terror strikes :

  “We Americans are slow to anger. We always seek peaceful avenues before resorting to the use of force—and we did. We tried quiet diplomacy, public condemnation, economic sanctions, and demonstrations of military force. None succeeded. Despite our repeated warnings, Qadhafi continued his reckless policy of intimidation, his relentless pursuit of terror. He counted on America to be passive. He counted wrong. I warned that there should be no place on Earth where terrorists can rest and train and practice their deadly skills. I meant it. I said that we would act with others, if possible, and alone if necessary to ensure that terrorists have no sanctuary anywhere. Tonight, we have.” 


To Be Continued ….