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NBC - Obama leadership style raises question of 'who is in control?'

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posted on Oct, 31 2013 @ 01:09 AM
If Obama counted on his statements of not knowing anything helping him, he couldn't have been further from the truth. It appears to me that this NBC writer is questioning Obama's competence. For Obama to be so out of the loop on so many issues it is mind boggling.

I think it is also pretty scary that no one person has a decent rough picture of what all is happening in Washington. But I would also imagine that the effort of keeping abreast would take away from his campaigning, golf, and speaking time. Those 3 activities taking up so much of his time says a lot.

President Barack Obama’s seemingly hands-off management style is raising fresh questions and concerns that could upend his second-term legacy.

Claims by the administration and other Democrats that Obama didn’t know about sensitive matters in his own administration -- such as problems with the health care website and revelations of National Security Agency surveillance on foreign leaders -- have many in Washington scratching their heads.

It all fits as part of a pattern. Who is in control? Who is running things? There are a lot of questions,” said Democratic pollster Peter Hart, who helps conduct the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which Wednesday showed Obama’s approval rating dropping to an all-time low.

Obama leadership style raises question of 'who is in control?

posted on Oct, 31 2013 @ 01:27 AM
We would probably be better off if it was true. It is just a lie to deflect blame though.

posted on Oct, 31 2013 @ 01:44 AM
reply to post by elouina


First of all, to have 'leadership', one must be a leader.
So that eliminates Obama right off the bat.
And he ain't got no style either.

So, who is really in charge?
Good question....
Heck even Obama probably doesn't know the answer to that one.
It isn't him, that's for sure.

He has just shown time and time again that he's not on the same page with his administration, whether it's because of a lack of communication or just plain blowing it off, he acts like he really doesn't care one way or the other.

Oh and having the meetings topics sent via phone is NOT the same thing as being there in the room listening to all the details being told by his people and asking questions, looking and talking to them one on one.
That is where part of the problem lies IMO.

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posted on Oct, 31 2013 @ 01:51 AM
Here is an interesting blog post from a woman, Janice Shaw Crouse, who was previously a presidential speech writer. Obviously this woman knows her presidents. Amazing how hers and our perceptions are so similar.

I have written previously about the president's demagoguery; he has often chosen inflammatory and divisive rhetoric over being a leader of the whole nation. He has operated in campaign mode throughout his presidency instead of focusing on bringing the nation together to work together on our financial, economic, and other problems. Not only are we a nation more divided than ever, as former Vice President Dick Cheney said, "Our allies no longer trust the U.S., our enemies don't fear us." In a stinging indictment of the president's leadership, Dennis Prager declared that the "United States is at its weakest, has fewer allies, and has less military and diplomatic influence than at any time since before World War I." All of that can be laid at the president's feet and finally a few brave investigative reporters (national and international) are holding him accountable for his failed policies, stunning arrogance and betrayal of the American Constitution. When a president's egregious actions yield a deterioration of conditions to the degree we face today, it is time for that leader who has

And Janice also holds new found hope pretty much similar to ours.

Only now -- five years into his presidency -- are we seeing some cracks in the protective shield surrounding President Obama, and then only after the abuse of reporters' privacy has been threatened. Mainstream journalists have not scrutinized his controversial policies, nor have they held him accountable for questionable actions that have caused outrage among fair-minded critics and produced irreparable harm to the nation.

The Obama Facade Cracks at Last

posted on Oct, 31 2013 @ 01:51 AM
Double post, it was Obama's fault, I just know it....
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posted on Oct, 31 2013 @ 01:58 AM
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We already know this, but I think we tend to forget it: Valerie Jarrett is, in effect, the President. The main problem is, of course, that she's not any more qualified than Obama is.

Strange Goings-On at the White House
The recent spate of Washington scandals has some liberals finally confessing in public what many of them have said privately for a long time. The Obama administration is arrogant, insular, prone to intimidation of adversaries, and slovenly when it comes to seeing that rules are followed. Indeed, the Obama White House is a strange place, and it’s good that its operational model is now likely to be finally dissected by the media.

Joe Klein of Time magazine laments Obama’s “unwillingness to concentrate.”

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post tars him as a President Passerby who “seems to want no control over the actions of his administration.” Milbank warns that “he’s creating a power vacuum in which lower officials behave as though anything goes.” Comedian Jon Stewart says Obama’s government lacks real “managerial competence” and that the president is either Nixonian if he knew about the scandals in advance or a Mr. Magoo–style incompetent if he didn’t.

But it was Chris Matthews of MSNBC who cut even deeper in his Hardball show on Wednesday. A former speechwriter for President Carter, he wondered if Obama “really doesn’t want to be responsible day-to-day for running” the government. He savaged the White House for using “weird, spooky language” about “the building leadership” that must approve the Benghazi talking points. “I don’t understand the model of this administration: weak chiefs of staff afraid of other people in the White House. Some undisclosed role for Valerie Jarrett. Unclear, a lot of floating power in the White House, but no clear line of authority. I’ve talked to people who’ve been chief of staff. They were never allowed to fire anybody, so they weren’t really chief of staff.” He concluded that President Obama “obviously likes giving speeches more than he does running the executive branch.”

So if Obama is not fully engaged, who does wield influence in the White House? A lot of Democrats know firsthand that Jarrett, a Chicago mentor to both Barack and Michelle Obama and now officially a senior White House adviser, has enormous influence. She is the only White House staffer in anyone’s memory, other than the chief of staff or national security adviser, to have an around-the-clock Secret Service detail of up to six agents. According to terrorism expert Richard Miniter’s recent book, Leading from Behind: “At the urging of Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions before finally approving” the mission for May 2, 2011. She was instrumental in overriding then–chief of staff Rahm Emanuel when he opposed the Obamacare push, and she was key in steamrolling the bill to passage in 2010. Obama may rue the day, as its chaotic implementation could become the biggest political liability Democrats will face in next year’s midterm elections.


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posted on Oct, 31 2013 @ 02:03 AM
Who's in control??

They'll never tell us. Obama is a puppet, but one who believes in destroying the Constitution, so he is a very willing dupe.

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