POLITICAL observations & opinions

* From his delayed dumping of Reverend Wright to his delayed response to the BP oil spill, President Obama, for all his impressive accomplishments, has yet to show he has more than one mode of leadership in his management arsenal. It’s not too late, but the clock is running.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 13, 2010

excerpts from NYT editorial (6-13-10)

  • The country is frustrated and apprehensive and still waiting for Mr. Obama to put his vision into action.
  • Americans need to know that Mr. Obama, whose coolness can seem like detachment, is engaged.
  • a year and a half into this presidency, the contemplative nature that was so appealing in a candidate can seem indecisive in a president.
  • His promise of bipartisanship seems naïve.
  • His inclination to hold back, then ride to the rescue, has sometimes made problems worse.
  • These are matters of competence and leadership. This is a time for Mr. Obama to decisively show both.

read the entire editorial at … http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/opinion/13sun1.html?ref=opinion

LMW COMMENT …

I have supported Barack Obama since about a week after Hillary Clinton dropped out of the race, and I still do.

But one of the main reasons I supported Hillary in the primaries was Obama’s lack of demonstrated ability or experience to act decisively when the occasion demands.

Careful thinking is always important, but sometimes rapid action is even more critical. Good leaders know which is appropriate to the problem at hand.

From his delayed dumping of Reverend Wright to his delayed response to the BP oil spill, President Obama, for all his impressive accomplishments, has yet to show he has more than one mode of leadership in his management arsenal. It’s not too late, but the clock is running.

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