Thursday, June 10, 2010
I'm of the view that the Presidency is almost an impossible job, but I agree with Bevan that's it's hard to understand why the O would not have called the CEO of BP by now. Even if he doesn't have any brainwave about how to stop the leak, isn't it a good idea to make that gesture? I think a lot of experienced CEOs, generals, head coaches etc. would testify to the value of the personal contact. I have often been impressed by how much importance successful business people put on personal contact, in person or at least by phone. I admit to not knowing exactly how it works, but it does seem to work. It probably has something to do with all the subtle ways primates have of sussing each other out. I'm afraid this story does give me a chilling sense that our President is completely out of his depth. Think about it. Suppose you owned a great big house in the country and you found out a pipe had burst and was spewing water out all over your floors. A company was in charge of stopping it and so far had failed. Wouldn't you want to talk ASAP with the man in charge and find out exactly what was going on? I hate these kinds of interactions but even I would do that. I wouldn't be able to stop myself. Not doing it would make you pretty odd. Some of the cries that O is not exercising leadership have been bogus but this I fear is not. This is weird.