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Paying homage to champions of nonviolence, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, he nonetheless acknowledged that as commander in chief charged with protecting a nation, he couldn't follow their examples alone.

(This comes from PARKER: Obama hits all the right notes in Oslo by Kathleen Parker on Dec 14, 2009.)

Does "alone" mean "only"? That is, he couldn't only follow their examples; he should follow other examples and do other things.

Thanks in advance!
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