On June 21, David Cameron stood in front of the prime minister's residence at No. 10 Downing Street and made a last-ditch plea. "Brits don't quit," he said, urging voters, particularly older ones, to side with him and elect to remain in the European Union. "We get involved. We take a lead. We make a difference, we get things done."
Just three days later, on that famed stoop, he would do exactly that: Quit. Hours after British voters shocked the world by voting to leave the E.U., the very man who said he would remain in the job if he lost, the very man who called for the referendum in the first place - a reckless and needless political tactic - resigned, right there, on the spot.
It was a stunning moment that may have ultimately been inevitable for the prime minister, but did nothing to spur confidence in a country that has seen a gaping void open in its leadership. The world may be reeling from "Brexit's" grim economic fallout - the warnings of recession, the 30-year drop in the value of the pound, the global stock market declines -- but the leadership fallout from Britain's stunning vote is just as, if not more, ominous.