Obama v Rumsfeld — Preserving Deniability or Actual Exec Leadership?

Written by William Pauwels on May 28, 2013

nervous[2]It is incredible that the President of the United States refuses to take responsibility for the misdeeds of his Administration. What kind of an executive refuses to take responsibility for the decisions and actions of his chief subordinates?

Claiming that he was kept in the dark by his underlings should result in their firing. When I was the COO of a corporation, rule number one was that I would be the first to know about good news and/or bad news. There were to be no surprises!

Clearly, Obama doesn’t have a clue about what being a chief executive is all about. And the schoolboys he has surrounded himself with are apparently equally ignorant of how to appropriately manage an enterprise – in their case, the Administration of the Federal Government.

Some claim the Obama Administration is being run to preserve the deniability of the Chief Executive – the deniability of the President.  In other words, instead of doing his management job, the White House is operating to protect Obama’s position.

Could this possibly be true? Could Obama be so narcissistic as to organize the White House around his self-preservation?

Or has he allowed his schoolboy associates to keep him in the dark, while confining his activity to speechmaking and cheerleading and fundraising?

If that’s the case, we can understand why things are so out of control on Pennsylvania Avenue! However, that’s not what a Chief Executive – a President – is supposed to do. A chief executive should plan, organize, staff, direct, control, represent and lead – not hide under his desk whenever a problem surfaces.

Obama may be charismatic, a good orator, and a great deceiver – but he’s certainly failing as America’s Chief Executive and Commander-In-Chief.

Compare him to someone who appears to “get it” when it comes to leading …

One of the best hours I’ve spent watching television commentators was the Memorial Day Hannity special featuring prominent reporters asking questions of Donald Rumsfeld, based on his new book Rumsfeld’s Rules.

The former Secretary of Defense under two different Presidents is a brilliant and experienced man with well thought-out answers to current political, economic, and national defense problems and situations.

If you didn’t see it, perhaps it will be repeated on Hannity’s website or on YouTube. Don’t miss it.

On the subject of political correctness, Rumsfeld says: If we want to lose, we should keep doing what we’re doing. Unless we are willing to face up to the truth and call a spade a spade, we will lose. Radical Islam is waging a war – a different kind of war – against America and Western civilization. That’s a fact. They are an enemy.

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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.