originally posted by: Thorneblood
We get you hate Obama but do you really believe Romney would have done any different?
is 90% of leadership. This is a fact which a lot of folks seem to have amnesia over since the switch off between Bush and Obama.
The perception of GWB that mistook a lack of political curiosity and an unpolished metro/social mannerism for being an indication of stupidity
ultimately sunk Bush's ability to lead in the eyes of around half the population. Conversely, with Obama we see a perception of arrogance, lack of
responsibility, and buck passing that has sunk his ability to lead in the eyes of around half the people.
You cannot rationally blame anyone other than Obama and his handlers here. The man is truly his own worst enemy. It started with "they hold onto
their religion and their guns" and has progressed through any criticism of him or his policies being brushed aside as "racism." I ask you this: in
the eyes of Obama's supporters, would his carriage have been reduced if he had chosen to present himself with a bit more diplomatic tact, focusing
not on attacking but rather on presenting a n more dignified leadership style?
If you've ever taken a leadership/management course, you've heard of the Five Sources of Power.
1. Positional Power
2. Personal Power
3. Expert Power
4. Opportunity Power
5. Information Power
A president does not have to personally possess all 5 sources of power, but his overall cabinet sure better and, even more important, the president
had better have the first 2 in spades. Obama, at least perception-wise, has little more than positional power and, to be blunt, his positional power
is percieved as being seriously damaged due to his lack of acceptance of responsibility... he doesn't behave
in the "buck stops here" manner
that is naturally expected of the highest position in the country. He had a tremendous amount of personal power 6 years ago as a candidate. The
damage his attitude has caused to his positional power pales in comparison to the damage it has done to his personal power. Simply put, he is not the
likeable guy he once was. His administration sorely lacks expert power. He has surrounded himself with those closest matching his own mental model
and, as a result, has stymied creativity and alternative analysis within his cabinet... a room full of clones do not make for productive brain
storming sessions. Of course information power is directly tied to expert power, meaning the lack of expert power always leads to an incomplete
picture of information. The shortage of opportunity power within this presidency is related to all of the above equally and, to be honest, could be
considered a massive success by one viewer and a massive failure by another... it is entirely in the eyes of the beholder. If the crises faced over
the past 6 years were viewed as an opportunity to buttress capitalism, reinvigorate the middle class, improve race relations, and elevate the USA
further up the global superpower ladder, then most holding that view are coming away with the thought that the admin's opportunity power is extremely
weak. If, however, those crises were seen as an opportunity to increase dependency on government, balance America with the rest of the world,
identify more sources of racial divisions, and enforce John Edward's "Two Americas" diatribe, then this admin has done a great deal with
I do believe Romney would have done better, or at least my personal perception
of the office would be better with him in charge.