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Obama Gets a Big Fat F for Leadership

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Should we move toward isolation because globalization is adversely impacting American citizens, or should adjustments be made in our international trade policy, by when and what means?

The President's Articulation of His Vision for America: F

If President Obama has a vision for our country, he has done little to set it as an agenda to be achieved by a viable plan. His half measures reveal him as a political player working a system that is broken beyond repair, not as a leader hell-bent to make necessary changes for the survival of his county.

The President's Ability to Persuade the Public: F

To date the President has not been able to make the case that his ideas and decisions are correct. Of course, this stems from not having a solid vision as a foundation, but it goes further.

A majority of Americans are dissatisfied with healthcare reform, among them many of us on the left and most of us who consider ourselves Progressives. The situation is so bad healthcare reform is being treated as if it never happened. Maybe it didn't.

The reason the President is unable to make a case for his many of his actions and ideas is they are mere political compromises. He is unwilling to take a stand or draw a line in the sand for what he believe is right.

Also, his team has failed to provide cogent arguments for those policy changes he does endorse. Language seems to be a particular problem. Is it a stimulus program (short-term and ill defined) or an investment in our future (long-term, with a specific demonstrable payoff). These are novice public relations mistakes.

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The President's Message Consistency and Exposure: D

Each policy campaign the President has launched has been marked by a wait and see approach. He refused to develop, announce and stump for what he believed would be the best approach to healthcare reform. Instead he let others take the lead and he was left being a follower. In these cases, he gets an F for message management.

In other cases, he sets a broad objective but takes his case to the people in fits and starts. One day he's at an Ohio factory. The next day he's taking a swim in the Gulf of Mexico, and the day after that, and for days to come, we hear little or nothing from him.

(Aside and in relation to this discussion: I gots to give Sarah her props! Her message may be simple, but it's clear and she hammers away at it day after day after day. Sometimes she's incompetent even at this, but there's nobody who doesn't know what she claims are the big issues and what she would do if elected. A frightening thought!)

Again, this goes back to President Obama's halfhearted, half measures, half baked, half made arguments.

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This country, and it's citizens, are in trouble Mr. President. This is not the time for a half governor or a half president to not be leading.

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Chaz Valenza is writer and small business owner in New Jersey. He earned his MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. His current feature film project is "Single Point Failure" an insider's account of how the Reagan Administration (more...)

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Look at this another way. Imagine you're the rich ... by Bryna Hellmann on Friday, Sep 17, 2010 at 3:37:59 PM
President Obama we elected to fix our lack of jobs... by greg timmons on Friday, Sep 17, 2010 at 4:05:45 PM
Agreed. Free Trade is not free. It is played on ... by Chaz Valenza on Friday, Sep 17, 2010 at 4:26:54 PM
Was George W. Bush a great leader? Judging by his... by PrMaine on Saturday, Sep 18, 2010 at 7:45:11 AM
So you're happy with Obama following the lead of t... by Chaz Valenza on Saturday, Sep 18, 2010 at 11:01:53 AM
I'll have to say I find your question a bit odd. ... by PrMaine on Saturday, Sep 18, 2010 at 2:44:02 PM to work to assure democracy flourishes, whic... by Chaz Valenza on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 11:14:16 AM
Obama has only one job: to give great speeches, wh... by Bruce Morgan on Saturday, Sep 18, 2010 at 12:08:26 PM
I am positing lead as a verb: infinitive to lead. ... by Chaz Valenza on Saturday, Sep 18, 2010 at 1:08:45 PM
Obama has in fact not fulfilled the "change" we ha... by Dennis Kaiser on Saturday, Sep 18, 2010 at 1:53:11 PM
I want you to stop rationalizing and do something ... by Chaz Valenza on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 11:19:09 AM
Elizabeth Warren is the first thing he has done th... by LiberalDemocrat on Saturday, Sep 18, 2010 at 5:26:50 PM
Isn't it amazing how Washington can hold our domes... by Ned A. Delaney on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 5:32:11 PM