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A question of temperament

A question of temperament

For a U.S. president, temperament is destiny, and nowhere was that more evident than during President Barack Obama's trip to Asia last week. Confronted with a series of unforeseen glitches, diplomatic mishaps and potentially dangerous military provocations, the president kept his cool even when sorely tried by circumstances that might have flummoxed a less level-headed chief executive. We couldn't help but compare Mr. Obama's grace under pressure to how GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump might have reacted under similar circumstances, and in a head-to-head matchup there's no question who is better suited for the job.

Start with the minor snafu that greeted the arrival of Mr....