Academics v. Wisdom v. Action: Lessons Never Learned by Barack Obama

Written by William Pauwels on June 11, 2013

His critics say he is not – that his appointments are political “yes-men” and “yes-women”, who are puppets.

The recent appointment of Ambassador Susan Rice is a prime example. She went forward with the administration’s talking points re Benghazi when she knew, or should have known, they were false. Clearly that’s not the kind of talent, integrity and courage that the president of the United States should be associating with.

Academic accomplishment is not always the proper prerequisite for an executive’s staff.

With all due respect, perhaps Barack Obama should read the chapter on recruiting in Rumsfeld’s Rules, for some sage advice on how to build a great organization: “A’s hire A’s . . . B’s hire C’s.”Rumsfeld’s Rules

Never forget… in God we must trust – but we must always do our part!

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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.