Dear Mr President,
As this crisis with Russia continues to unfold, please don’t lose sight of one undeniable fact: Vladimir Putin is no more than a bully. The world’s most dangerous bully, perhaps, but a bully nonetheless.
The issue of bullying has become part of our national conversation. Our open and evolving society has allowed us to address this topic with courage. Mr Obama, let’s not overlook this strength, let’s use it to our own advantage.
What does a bully do when you ask him to stop? When you draw a line and chastise his behavior? A bully sees a dare, an opportunity. Don’t stoke Putin’s megalomania and feed his craving for chaos. Don’t engage his challenge of your manhood.
Don’t try to be the bigger man. Be the bigger human. Confront him with kindness and common sense. Have pity on him, he must be so empty and alone.
Stand up to Putin by being genuine. His position does not allow him to speak with honesty. Shame him with the truth - join world leaders and world commoners and speak with one voice. Let him hear our message from every corner of the planet.
The world is watching in an unprecedented way. We feel our human connection to the people of Ukraine, Crimea and Russia. Comfortable on his ego-throne, and blind as a bully, Putin is incapable of realizing the full power of our emotional solidarity.
Mr President, listen to our words and listen to our hearts - they are screaming, together, and without fear: