The White House reaction to public criticism of the new TSA crotch pat-downs, enhanced searches and back-scatter X-ray scanning equipment, as implemented by our unprofessional and poorly trained TSA staff at airports, reminded me of Winston Churchill, the British prime minister during World War II.
Churchill remained in London during the Blitz. He was in a position to move to safer areas. He was in a position to pull rank. He refused. Every night during the bombings Churchill remained in London. As soon as the all clear sounded, he hit the streets in a very public fashion. He visited areas in London bombed out by the German Luftwaffe.He stayed in London in unpleasant and dangerous conditions. Londoners viewed Churchill as one of their own. They were inspired by him because he did not lead from the rear.
The United States Marine Corps also has a long history of leadership. Marine Corps officers are taught to put their enlisted troops first. They are instructed to refrain from using their position for safety or comfort at the expense of the troops. "Follow me!" requires the leader to charge into danger (and inconvenience) ahead of the troops.