The Santa Cruz Good Times, a weekly newspaper published in my home town, is asking pretty much the same question, post-election: "Do we even need a President?" Click the link to get what the locals think. The consensus seems to be that we need a "leader."
I tend to think that Gandhi was right, and that "when the people lead, the leaders will follow."
It looks to me like even President Obama agrees:
The role of citizens in our democracy does not end with your vote. America's never been about what can be done for us; it's about what can be done by us together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self- government.
No "leader" does that. We do.