Machiavelli

Pinkerton: Barack Obama Is a Machiavellian Fox in ‘A Promised Land’

The irony of Obama is that for all his “Yes, we can” rhetoric, he was content to say, “No, we can’t.” In this, he fit Machiavelli’s definition of the fox-like politician who is shrewd enough to avoid traps. And while the life of a fox might be long, it is unlikely to be consequential because the ability to avoid traps is not the test of greatness.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 17: Former President Barack Obama's memoir is seen on display at the Greenlight Bookstore in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn on November 17, 2020 in New York City. "A Promised Land" is the first of two memoirs written by former President Obama. (Photo by …