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Who Are the Failures Surrounding Obama?

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It's been dogging me. First, I blamed Rahm Emanuel, but he's gone and Obama is perhaps even worse.

Then I blamed some of the Robert Rubin banksters he surrounded himself with-- Lawrence Summers and Peter Orszag. They're gone, but Geithner's still there and Obama hired more of the same.  But I don't get the feeling that they are his closest advisors. They don't advise him much on Afghanistan and Libya and the BP spill and Japan.

The Washington Post reports, "Members of his staff describe Obama as wary of outsiders and reluctant
to widen his inner circle. As one of his advisers bluntly put it, the
president "doesn't like new people."

So it comes down to "who is left?"  Who are the close advisors to Obama who have failed to advise him, because I don't think "allowed," as in, "allowed him to make such bad choices," is the right word, who have failed to influence him to be a better man, a better president, a leader of any kind.

Who has sat there watching him fail as a leader and become a man who breaks promises?

Who has encouraged him to be weak and ineffective by giving up negotiation possibilities by offering concessions before the negotiations start, seemingly always punting on the first down?
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Who has failed to have the courage to encourage President Obama to take tough stands?

You may be thinking that there may not be any people to blame. It may be that Obama is just that way all by himself, or even in spite of the close advisors in his life and work. It's a tough assessment to digest.  I resist believing that Obama could go where he's gone all on his own. Could Obama really be that weak, that incompetent?

It's easier to speculate that he has been surrounded by several or influenced by one or two very close advisors who are failing him and the country with their weak, cowardly, sell-out positions.

There are a handful of people who come to mind who could be in that position-- David Plouffe, David Axelrod, Valerie Jarret and Joe Biden seem to comprise his closest long term circle.

I don't know who, or why, but it's a question, perhaps a conversation that seems worth having. Your thoughts?

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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