Obama, a model for future leaders, or not?

New world leadership... or old?

During last night’s State of the Union address, US President Obama said, “We need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.”

I wonder what the impact would be, and what would actions and new thinking would be inspired if he had said instead, “We need to innovate, educate and build in collaboration with the rest of the world.  We need to be more active in making our contribution to the welfare of the planet and it’s citizens.”

Is it inspiring for leaders to acknowledge they are not in it alone; that what they do, and their country’s activities all influence and impact all life on the planet? I really wonder what the effect might be if they did.