Barack Obama: The “I-Didn’t-Know-About-That” President

MH900078811It seems Barack Obama is continuously claiming he didn’t know about something important – until just recently. He even claims he learned about it in the newspapers.  It’s always someone else’s fault – George Bush, the Republican Congress, Rush Limbaugh, FOXNews, etc.  Jay Carney, his press secretary, often claims similar things and uses similar words, e.g., “If true . . . ”

Frankly, one must wonder what Obama is doing all day.  He was hired to govern and lead.  How can he do this when he doesn’t know what’s going on?

Obama seems to have time for endless political speeches, fundraising events, golf outings, basketball, lavish vacations, White House entertainment and parties, and every other form of politics. Flying around on Air Force One appears to be his favorite pastime.

After 4-1/2 years as president, Obama still shows a serious inability to plan, organize, staff, direct, motivate, etc.
His lack of executive management, leadership and organizational experience continues to plague him.  He continues to surround himself with like-minded schoolboys – when what he really needs is tough-minded, proven performers, who will tell him what he needs to know versus what he wants to hear.

Obama is often accused of leading from behind – letting it happen and then reacting – when the proper course becomes obvious.  Frankly, that’s an understandable strategy in view of his lack of senior executive experience – and his conviction that his personal charisma and oratory skills can carry the day. 

But that’s not the strategy of a great leader.

Unfortunately, the majority of voters do not understand the importance of senior executive experience.  They vote for charm and charisma and government provided entitlements. And our liberal-leftist media has failed to educate the public on the importance of executive qualifications and a proven track record.

About the author: William Pauwels

William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.

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