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Failure to Lead

by RightHandMan

When more than half of the voting country came together and decided to elect a man with no executive experience and very little political experience into the biggest and toughest executive position in the world, we took a huge risk. That risk has proved to be disastrous. It isn’t that the President doesn’t have the political knowledge or means to be a good President, it is that he doesn’t know how to be a leader.

Many of us saw this coming. At the time Senator Obama had done little in his short time as a U.S. and State Senator, had never really lead anything or anyone, and yet ran and won the biggest leadership role in the world. Even when Obama was in the Senate, he rarely took a firm stand on anything, deciding instead to vote present on a number of issues to include partial birth abortion bans, shootings and strip clubs near schools, and protecting rape victims’ medical records.

His trick was to keep from alienating voters by standing against nothing – which is to say for nothing. That isn’t to say that this President doesn’t stand for anything at all, but on the occasion that he makes a stance he lacks the ability to take leadership on the topic. In fact, issues seem to give him issues which in turn creates instability for our nation. Peggy Noonan, a conservative who had high hopes for Obama finally came around this week in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

“There was the tearing and unnecessary war over his health-care proposal and its cost. There was his day-to-day indifference to the views and hopes of the majority of voters regarding illegal immigration. And now the past almost 40 days of dodging and dithering in the face of an environmental calamity. I don’t see how you politically survive this.”

There is little doubt that Obama’s inflated appeal is leaking faster than a sunken BP oil rig, but Peggy misses the biggest blunder of all in Obama’s lack of leadership examples – the economy.

Senator Obama may have only voted “present” on some issues while a senator, but as President he has been MIA over the last several months on the jobless issue in America – an issue more important to most Americans than immigration, oil spills and health care. Meanwhile the jobless rate right now is at 9.9% and Obama’s unprecedented “economic stimulus” spending seems to have been a giant swing and miss. So where is our leader in these rough times? He’s putting out fires in his administration over an apparent attempt to influence an election.

The problem with Obama is that he’s in the middle of all of these failures. Is it fair to blame the POTUS for the BP oil spill? No, not any more than it was fair to blame the Katrina relief efforts on Bush, but such is the nature of the job. Yesterday the President came out and said that he has been on top of the oil spill since day one, that this job is his to fix and that his administration deserves blame. That sounds like a step in the direction of leadership except that he is leading us to failure yet again. I have little doubt that come 2012 the administration will not have the same “we take this burden” approach.

Forgive me for being skeptical, but the President hasn’t taken responsibility for failures much; pushing most of it off on Bush. At the end of his speech yesterday Obama challenged Congress to push through legislation for alternative energy. It seems to me that the President is willing to become the face of this issue because he already has the answer to the crisis in the form of this legislation. His extreme environmentalist views are about to get a boost in support because of this catastrophe. He will use this crisis as his platform for Cap and Trade and additional legislation that will force the market away from oil in a time where few have the money to make such drastic transitions.

I only hope he fails in leading that crusade as well.


Filed under: BP, george w. bush, lead, leadership, Obama, oil leak, voting present

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  • John Carey May 29, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Excellent post Right. We definately got what we deserved. We knew he had very little experience and tried to warn the people that a community organizer does not make a President. But the left had convinced the people that Bush and the Republicans were the cause of the financial melt down and hid the fact that they played a larger role in the meltdown than bothBush or the Republicans.

    Remember if you tell a lie enough times over and over it eventually becomes the truth in a twist kind of way.

  • Gorges Smythe May 29, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    Anyone who couldn't see through Obama from the beginning couldn't possibly have any grey matter between their ears. McCain was enough to make any true conservative need a barf-bag, but he was definitely the lesser of two very great evils.

  • Trestin Meacham May 30, 2010 at 3:11 AM

    All style no substance. Unless something drastically changes, it's going to be a long long summer.

  • Matt May 30, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    This guy doesn't have anything to bring to the table. He's not a leader, he's the perpetual candidate.