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Leadership Wanted: Apply at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

I suppose I could comment about last night’s Presidential address to the nation, but I’m not sure I could add any value to the conversation or inject any new points of view that would sway opinions one way or another.  The facts are the facts and you can only hide from them for so long until they eventually run you down.  We all know the government has failed on multiple levels in their response to this disaster.  We also know that our President for the most part has fumbled the ball on this one.  We see and hear the tragic stories everyday and feel helpless.

I want everyone to know that I did watch the address and for the most part it felt more like smoke and mirrors than a Presidential address to a troubled nation.  I didn’t appreciate him using this tragic crisis to push his agenda.  These are not the actions of a leader.  They are the actions of a community organizer rallying his people to put pressure on an organization (Congress) to give into their demands.  Much like that community group called ACORN did when they pressured the banks to make high risk loans.  You see leaders act in a way that motivates and inspires.  In fact the definition of leadership is as follows; leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal.

George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and Ronald Reagan were leaders.  They never shifted blame off themselves onto others.  Instead they always accepted responsibility for their actions.  They did the right thing and not necessarily that which was safe and right.  They inspired people to act.  They were not arrogant, but confident.  They believed in something bigger than themselves and motivated others to see their vision by their actions.  George Washington kept and army of farmers and merchants together during the revolutionary war.  Abraham Lincoln preserved a union.  Martin Luther King marched for civil rights and Ronald Reagan stood firm against tyranny.  Can you say the same for our current President?

All I have heard these last eighteen months is how it’s all Bush’s fault; from the economy to the crisis in the Middle East.  Even this current crisis is somehow tied into George Bush and the regulatory policies of his administration.  This President has made it a benchmark practice to shift blame and never accept responsibility.  It shouldn’t be such a surprise to us that our government failed to take immediate action to deal with the BP oil spill.  It takes leadership to motivate and inspire not empty speeches in front of a teleprompter.  It takes leadership to accept responsibility for these failures.  And it takes confidence, not arrogance to build trust.

You see leaders are not dividers; they unite and motivate people to achieve a common goal.  If we had a leader during this crisis the oil leak probably would have been plugged weeks ago.  A leader would have found a way to do it with the resources he or she had.  How do I know this…because I was in the military for 23 years and we were in the business of achieving the impossible.  We were the nation that saved the men of Apollo 13 with duct tape and an American spirit of never say never.  When our President raised his right hand and took the oath of office, he should have read the fine print.  If he had he would have known that Presidents are expected to respond and overcome the impossible.  A little leadership goes a long way in achieving this.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


Filed under: BP Oil Crisis, leadership, President Obama, Presidential Address

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  • Trestin Meacham June 16, 2010 at 4:59 AM

    This seems to be a reoccurring theme. In 2012 we need someone with serious executive experience.

  • John Carey June 16, 2010 at 5:17 AM

    I agree Trestin. I think we're in serious trouble with this guy. He just doesn't know how to lead. He knows how to be an activist and that's all.

  • Gorges Smythe June 16, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Now come guys, you just don't get it! Obama IS uniting America – AGAINST HIM! Even the liberals are starting to doubt King Barrack!

  • John Carey June 16, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    He is indeed GS, I was telling a friend last night that he sounded more like activist making a speech than a President leading his nation.