The President of the United States is the undisputed king of the human jungle.
In nature, it is the lion. Because the lion has no fear.
In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the forest was in anarchy because the king of the jungle was afraid of his own tail.
Helen Thomas is the reporter that sits on the front row at White House news conferences. She has done so since 1960. She has covered every President since John F. Kennedy.
She is tough on all of them in public as a good journalist should be.
She herself is a proud liberal. One of her best friends was Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby). Dear Abby wrote in one of her books that, "No one is left of Helen Thomas."
Ms. Thomas was recently interviewed by Phil Bronstein, Editor at Large of The San Francisco Chronicle. Not exactly a part of the "vast right wing conspiracy".
In the interview, Ms. Thomas stated that Nancy Reagan was a heroine of hers. She stated she had tender sympathy for Lyndon Johnson. She stated she had great respect for Gerald Ford.
Perhaps some surprises there.
But her big surprise was this statement.
"President Obama lacks courage."
Her opinion counts with me due to her experience, integrity, fairness and proximity to power.
We should all be afraid. Very afraid.
Because if our President lacks courage, no one will fear him.
No one will respect him.
And he will soon become irrelevant.
Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore.