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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Leadership Qualities or Lack Thereof

The “Morning Joe” crew were sitting around the table responding to Gail Collins New York Times column this morning, where she blamed President Obama for being elected president after serving only two years in the Senate thus giving hope to a lot of new senators like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio that they could do the same.

Two or three years in the Senate may be the new norm, as far as qualifications go in running for president because that means you haven’t been completely corrupted by Washington. A governor will come with the executive experience, but if they are from a one-party rule state, that experience will be negated.

I won’t argue the Obama inexperience factor but Democrats, and independents had plenty of time, venues, and information to see if he qualified to be president. It’s not like President Obama didn’t have competent competition. He eventually beat the Clinton political machine and then went on to beat a veteran statesman in John McCain.

Joe Scarborough said after 5 ½ years the president still doesn’t have the leadership qualities to lead this country. Joe said that Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Lyndon Johnson managed to push through legislation despite a rambunctious opposition. Nothing ever gets through to Joe’s brain because he doesn’t realize that it’s a different time and the methods that were used to sway votes in those eras are no longer available. Finally, someone on the panel said that the GOP leader, John Boehner, can’t get the tea party folks to budge on anything. Joe Scarborough eventually had to admit that Nancy Pelosi was a much more effective leader than John Boehner but then the segment went to a commercial break.

I don’t see how Joe Scarborough can say that President Obama doesn’t have leadership skills when he can’t name a single individual who can get the respect of both parties. He might think that Chris Christie can because he’s a governor of a blues state but wasn’t Mitt Romney in that same position? We’ll see how well Chris Christie does in Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, and Iowa where you have to cater to the evangelicals and a take no prisoners’ base who thinks compromise is a dirty word.

History will eventually tell us what type of leadership qualities President Obama had. We’ll see how much credit he will get for stabilizing the economy after the recession, killing Bin Laden, passing health care reform, repealing “Don’t ask Don’t tell” and his final grade on the economy when he leaves office. President Obama did get the GOP to accept tax increases for the first time in decades; don’t know if that goes toward his leadership abilities.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
John Quincy Adams


born2Bme said...

I think he's done pretty well considering he's been hog-tied since he first got elected. From day one, the GOP and Tea Party have been trying to get him impeached, and/or not give him any credit for anything that is his idea. They don't want anyone to know how intelligent people other than "white" really are.
I don't want to bring race into this, but a person would have to be a fool not to see that it is a big part of the issue.

Mike said...

Race is certainly a component but so is the perception that Obama is a liberal ,Marxist,not from this country,didn't pay his dues and he's a Democrat.

Today's conservatives don't consider any ideas other than their own...

Mike said...

Off topic but Rick Cortez wrote a letter just to keep the pot stirring.

President Obama can speak on any subject because he is human being and he adds a lot of credibility to the subject.

Really a hoodie? I saw a picture of Bill O'Reilly and Geraldo Rivera wearing hoodies watching a Yankee game.

You should be able to wear anything you want without fear of getting killed.

born2Bme said...

All except for the Democrat part, all else stems from his color, his dad's nationality, which takes you back to his color.
Everything else is just a cover for "how dare Americans elect someone like him over a "real American" white man."
It's also the reason that the voter rights fiasco is going on right now. The groups they are targeting is mostly race-related, with the young people angle thrown in to throw people off of the real reason.

born2Bme said...

LOL Some people will try to make an issue out of anything.
It was raining that night, so a hoody was a perfectly normal thing to wear.
It's no different than wearing sunglasses. They are not always worn to protect ones eyes from the sun. Movie stars have been known to wear them to disguise who they are. Crooks have been known to wear them for the same reason, so do we all say that anyone that wears sunglasses are hiding something?

Mike said...

Some people seem to think witness testimony for the defense was proven to be true and without dispute.

Truth is, no one really saw the altercation and there was no security video people are speculating,no matter how they try to spin it.

I hear you ,I still remember the woman crying wanting her country back....I heard that dog whistle loud and clear.

Mike said...

162,000 jobs were added last month and unemployment dropped to 7.4%.....came 20,000 under what was estimated.

Wait...unemployed numbers are always revised.

Boehner will come out and express his disappointment but not so much that he will cancel the month long recess they will begin today.