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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 Opednews.com-- 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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In a word - yes.... by Nikk Katzman on Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 5:37:18 PM
Rob Kall asks the right question (even though most... by BFalcon on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 9:44:38 AM
and wonder (& worry) why someone with your int... by M. Wizard on Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 5:55:53 PM
Trying to analyze possible reasons or bluntly desi... by BFalcon on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 9:47:30 AM
that's not for me to say and we're all a mixed bag... by M. Wizard on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 12:47:20 PM
Would president Obama take the right advice and is... by BFalcon on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 1:13:47 PM
... doesn't mean that my general assessment of Oba... by M. Wizard on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 1:32:24 PM
This was just a suggestion. Do you have one so tha... by BFalcon on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 2:32:16 PM
..in a seperate article or diary and we'll discuss... by M. Wizard on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 9:09:09 PM
there is absolutely NOTHING incompetent about Bara... by M. Wizard on Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 6:13:47 PM
He's smart, but he is a failure as a leader, meani... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 9:43:27 AM
the assumption is that he ever intended "to lead".... by M. Wizard on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 11:22:01 AM
because it entails telling your base what they wan... by M. Wizard on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 11:31:51 AM
He isn't a great leader and he isn't a poor leader... by Mark Colwell on Saturday, Apr 23, 2011 at 3:58:19 PM
That he wants to be remembered as failure, you are... by BFalcon on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 9:49:56 AM
The point is not that he wants to be remembered a... by Nathan Nahm on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 11:16:24 AM
His actions were quite often in the direction of t... by BFalcon on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 12:20:47 PM
you saved me the trouble and said it better than I... by M. Wizard on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 12:51:30 PM
As one of the (many) poor and disenfranchised of t... by Ned Lud on Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 6:56:45 PM
Most people foolishly think it takes hard honest w... by Bill Cain on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 11:42:18 AM
... but I'm starting to wonder how much of a "soul... by M. Wizard on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 12:16:32 PM
I also remember that Zbigniew Brzezinski is one of... by Dave Maclean on Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 7:17:49 PM
I don't know why Nobama has such an intense drive ... by Magistre on Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 10:23:53 PM
Why do people put Obama in the victim role and not... by Elizabeth Hanson on Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 11:52:34 PM
The only answer to this question also explains the... by Larry Kachimba on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 5:34:32 PM
Who chose these "close advisors" held over from p... by Marika on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 1:31:09 AM
It is to understand why he may be wrong. And you p... by BFalcon on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 9:55:23 AM
Dear Rob, My comments: 1. Whenever an Othello surr... by syed mahdi on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 4:38:48 AM
Like most progressives, Rob has yet to comprehend ... by Perry Logan on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 5:53:37 AM
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Again, do we need to remind ourselves that Hilary,... by Nathan Nahm on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 1:41:24 PM
I'm talking damage control. We have this failed le... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 11:05:22 AM
Actually ALL voters need to do that!... by Silverpegasus on Friday, Apr 22, 2011 at 12:39:19 PM
Actually Obama is marching to the beat of a far bi... by Dennis Kaiser on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 7:46:02 AM
And there is no need for these. Those visible are ... by BFalcon on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 10:05:31 AM
On that point, I tend to agree with you. For I bel... by Nathan Nahm on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 2:06:52 PM
are nothing more than pawns... the big guys, Bilde... by Dennis Kaiser on Friday, Apr 22, 2011 at 7:50:48 AM
"They" must be incredibly stupid since this makes ... by BFalcon on Friday, Apr 22, 2011 at 9:09:13 AM
and our corrupted system. I would exclude FDR from... by Michael Shaw on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 1:36:10 PM
I feel that Obama was told, that he was to toe the... by Ralph Drake on Friday, Apr 22, 2011 at 1:44:42 AM
The shooting of Reagan early on in his presidency ... by Dennis Kaiser on Friday, Apr 22, 2011 at 7:55:38 AM
Unfortunately, the "powers" surrounding Obama have... by Dennis Kaiser on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 8:53:04 AM
No failure. They are doing exactly what the planne... by arlen custer on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 9:36:11 AM
"Before WWII we had nothing and then Germans came ... by BFalcon on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 10:04:03 AM
has been the illusion of democracy and freedom.... by arlen custer on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 12:47:10 PM
We've all been studying him intensely; and so far ... by Herbert Calhoun on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 11:12:46 AM
Why do people continue to believe that anyone near... by Bill Cain on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 12:03:33 PM
a whole lot of sense. The scenario he mentioned wa... by Michael Shaw on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 2:00:53 PM
Surely they don't have the best interests of the m... by Michael Shaw on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 1:00:38 PM
Could be, Rob, that people like you are the proble... by Deacon Solomon on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 1:07:12 PM
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The thing we knew about Obama's management style r... by Larry Kachimba on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 4:40:22 PM
Obama is not weak or incompetent. He is doing exac... by Miriam Callaghan on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 5:22:07 PM
Cass Sunstein, Jim Messina & Treasury.... by Edward Saucier on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 6:39:09 PM
When the sh1t finally hits the fan, and it will so... by zonie on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 7:49:19 PM
There's an old Italian saying:A fish rots from the... by 911TRUTH on Friday, Apr 22, 2011 at 12:35:59 AM