I am among the millions of Americans who voted for Barack Obama, and, most probably am among the millions in that group who feel great disappointment with our choice. Let me make clear, there was no doubt that Obama was the better choice than McCain or Romney. The central issue is why did Barack Obama become so inept as a leader.
1. Barack Obama never understood that a President IS a political leader. He must organize conflicting forces into a political alliance. Politics is Not a dirty thing, it is inherent in a federal republic that encompasses a huge area of land and contains conflicting groups.
2. Barack Obama never challenged Americans to be better than they are. He never offered anything to youth who had supported his campaign in 2008. Where was the challenge to young Americans? Franklin Roosevelt provided youth one opportunity after another to change America while John Kennedy said, ask not what the government can do for you, but what can you do for American society?
3. Barack Obama never grasped that in an economic crisis there are TWO key issues: JOBS and solving banking problems. Instead, he focused on placating Wall Street bankers and tied up Congress in a health care bill. Health care was the issue for year two, not one. If I lack a job, my health is not on my mind, working and earning money are my chief priorities. FDR challenged the wealthy by saying, “I welcome your hatred.” How many wall Street bankers wound up in jail? Not a single one!
4. Barack Obama refused to hold weekly press conferences and thus continually communicate with the American people. FDR and JFK used the press to get out their message, Obama did not feel comfortable being questioned. Hell, submitting yourself to Americans for questions is the essence of leadership!
5. In the end, President Obama did not surround himself with powerful people. There was no one who would tell him that his policies were wrong. The entire Ebola episode smells of ineptness. Why in God’s name did he appoint a politician to head the effort, every American wanted a doctor in charge!