Should Obama handle the Oil Spill with more emotion?
Too often it feels as though Barry is watching from a balcony, reluctant to enter the fray until the clamor of the crowd forces him to come down. The pattern is perverse. The man whose presidency is rooted in his ability to inspire withholds that inspiration when it is most needed.
Oblivious to warnings about Osama hitting the U.S. and Katrina hitting New Orleans, W. often seemed more absorbed in workouts than work. Obama, by contrast, does his homework; he conveys a rare and impressive grasp of difficult subjects when he at last deigns to talk to the news media and reassure those whose lives are overturned by disaster.
The wound-tight, travel-light Obama has a distaste for the adversarial and the random. But if you stick too rigidly to a No Drama rule in the White House, you risk keeping reality at bay. Presidencies are always about crisis management.
Obama invented himself against all odds and repeated parental abandonment, and he worked hard to regiment his emotions. But now that can come across as imperviousness and inflexibility. He wants to run the agenda; he doesn’t want the agenda to run him. Once you become president, though, there’s no way to predict what your crises will be.
F.D.R. achieved greatness not by means of imposing his temperament and intellect on the world but by reacting to what the world threw at him.
For five weeks, it looked as though Obama considered the gushing that became the worst oil spill in U.S. history a distraction, like a fire alarm going off in the middle of a law seminar he was teaching. He’ll deal with it, but he’s annoyed because it’s not on his syllabus.
(via NYT Op-Ed)
Well, watching his press conferences on YouTube about the spill; I can tell you that there was no emotion I am used to see from him when talking at public events and to his constituency about the recession, renewable energy, new jobs, financial reform. So there is a little difference I guess, but then again it is my perception as an outsider.
On the other hand; There is already much emotion fuelled speak against BP and the Administration. One could recommend not to combat a public crisis with public emotions. It doesn’t make the problems go away, it rather could escalate them.
DOJ’s aggressive prosecution of someone who exposed serious waste and mismanagement at the NSA could, as the NYT’s Shane put it, “raise questions about whether the government is merely moving to protect itself from public scrutiny.” Whatever else is true, decreeing that we must “Look Forward, not Backward” — and then bestowing that Imperial Generosity only to the crimes of the President and his aides but not to courageous whistle-blowers (or, for that matter, anyone else) — is anything but “Justice.”
Michael says: We have to look forward ‘aggressively’ to find alternatives to support and help ‘whistle blowers’. Hope nobody of them read that here …
As I said before, this financial crisis will either make him a great President, or break him as President. He even said once to be “rather a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president.” see here. And here.
As it seems, he will be neither both. Even when Geithner will be ousted this year, it won’t help his re-election. This recession would not have help any current administration. Especially that lobbyists and special interest groups sit in the White House. He talked of an lack of trust, where he is the current centerpiece of it. He campaigned for closing the revolving door of the lobby and Wall Street. He campaigned for regulation and reform.
And nothing has been done. It all got worse, mounting debt, dollar decline, taxpayer bailout, too big to fail, health care bill, and the loss of the Massachusetts seat (just to name some of many more). He is wrong to blame the senate, the house or politicians with the R or D after their name.
Keep your front lawn tidy before lamenting about others. Especially when you said you will keep your lawn tidy during the election.
All broken promises [as usual] we believed. Campaign rhetoric. The American people thought that this ‘time it is different’ (another campaign rhetoric), that this time politics of the people for the people would overcome the crisis. But how wrong they are - there are bigger forces behind the curtain. And the chambers where politicians discuss reform, regulation, and overhaul, have lots of curtains. (See here, here, here, and here).