Wednesday during his comments on the U.S. Ebola response, President Barack Obama said he was frustrated by unspecified “people talking about American leadership” and that that are “running in the opposite direction and hiding under the covers” over the Ebola crisis.
The president scolded these American by saying, “That’s what I want to see from us.”
“When I hear people talking about American leadership and then promoting policies that would avoid leadership and have us running in the opposite direction and hiding under the covers, it makes me a little frustrated,” Obama said. “We are at our best when we are standing up and taking responsibility. Making sacrifices especially when it requires sacrifices.”
“That’s how we help others around the world that’s important,” he continued. “It’s not just massive deployments of troops and equipment. As proud as we are of that, it’s also our skill and compassion and painstaking effort and our ability to learn from mistakes that are made. And our ability to work through problems that are complicated. And to see something through. And not lose our heads. To have grace under pressure. And apply ourselves with slow, steady effort. The kind that change and progress requires. That’s what I want to see from us, the pride of a nation that steps up to get the job done.”
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