Thursday, June 10, 2010

What is O doing?
Tom Smith

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.

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Tom Smith


There are two things about the Effendi which are to be inferred from is insipid performance. First, he is simply not ootay ight-bray. I have seen nothing to make me think otherwise. Academic records, scholarly writings, even mere objective test scores--all are hedden as deeply as his original birth certificate.

The second point, and here we may do more than draw a conclusiion from the absence of evidence to the contrary, is that his intellectual encouter with reality is warped by ideology. He has internalizied an essentially Marxist consciousness, with the same disasterous consequences which have befallen those unfortunate nations attempting to take that road. Left-wing ideologues are blind guides of blind guides, and they, all of them lead one another into the ditch.

I do not think that I am alone in my estimate of his mediocrity. Indeed, I sense that the exaggerated impatience we are seeing over the Gulf oil spill is a pretext, a rationalizaion, of a popular acceptance of his emptiness.

Posted by: Lou Gots | Jun 10, 2010 8:15:17 PM

Isn't this kind of behavior typical of incompetent executives? The competent ones act predictably but each ineptizoid is inept in his own way. We had Carter lecturing us in his sweater, now we have Obama dithering over the oil spill. Meanwhile everyone is wondering what he's doing, does he know something that we don't, etc. No, he doesn't know something, that's why he's dithering. Or maybe Obama is trying to redirect public outrage over the spill into support for cap and trade. I don't think that will work as a political tactic, but perhaps avoiding the CEO is part of it, like threatening criminal prosecution.

Posted by: Jonathan | Jun 10, 2010 10:07:22 PM

I try to be careful not to confuse incompetence with indifference. That there is no difference in the result tends to confuse the terms. He does not care about the things that may absorb others.

A marked characteristic of the left-wing intelligentsia is the emotional shallowness of people who live in a world of ideas and have little contact with physical reality--

I once knew someone like this, all too well. The game is everything, and it is one they believe they can win indefinitely. That is the challenge, and even more, the fun of it. The more it is in your face, the more satisfaction is gained. It is no exaggeration to say that the sociopath has no fear. And, the fact is, he has won the game to this point. That alone is a remarkable testament to the fact that he sees us clearly.

What may happen now because he does not see himself clearly remains to be played out.

Posted by: james wilson | Jun 10, 2010 10:40:09 PM

He certainly is an odd one, isn't he?

Posted by: dearieme | Jun 11, 2010 12:48:41 AM

He is someone who never did anythingoutside of academia and politics - where there is no actual tangible 'product'. He is surrounded by people like him. I don't think they know how to deal with people who have been honed by the unforgiving world of business.

Posted by: km | Jun 11, 2010 11:04:41 AM

"I don't think they know how to deal with people who have been honed by the unforgiving world of business."

Not only is this group of pols completely out of its depth in dealing with real-world issues, they appear not to realize that people in the real world see them clearly for what they are.

Or maybe O really is sociopath. This could be a case of "all of the above".

Posted by: Jonathan | Jun 12, 2010 1:49:45 AM