Who has the temperament to lead in times of crisis?
This campaign has afforded us all a view on the ways the two major candidates face crisis. During the financial crisis, John McCain began by ignoring it and saying the fundamentals of our economy are strong. Once he learned that this wasn't helping his poll numbers, he decided to execute a gimmick--"Suspending" his campaign, calling for heads to roll, and inserting himself into a congressional fight in which he had no purpose. The results have shown themselves.
In contrast, Obama has recognized the problem all along, but has approached it in a calm and rational way. He recognized his place in the conflict and has acted accordingly, telling the American people where he stands without ambiguity, and listening to his advisors who have economic experience.
Another time when his attitude showed itself was in the aftermath of the Palin speech. When bloggers and columnists were clambering over each other trying to give Obama advice on how to "save" the election and bash his opponent, he stayed cool and let his judgment guide his strategies. This is the sign of a true leader.
Now it's your turn. Who do you think has the temperament to lead in times of crisis, and why?