Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Bad-News Ban

There's no doubt that the President (indeed all Presidents) live in a bubble.  The constraints on his time and the security concerns of his staff make that imperative, but Jennifer Rubin lays out the case that President Obama has laid out a bad-news ban in the Oval Office.
In any other administration this would be inconceivable, but in the current one Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius might be telling the truth when she says the president — you guessed it — learned about the Obamacare debacle from the media.
If this is true, and it seems to be plausible, then the President didn't really know how bad the roll out would be until he saw it on the news.  If true, that's a damned shame and a failure of leadership.
 This follows the explanation given about the Internal Revenue Service scandal in which the president claimed to be in the dark and the White House counsel said it was her job to keep things like that from the president. You ask what CEO says, “Don’t tell me — let me be blindsided by the media!”?
No leader wants to find out about problems from the media, or from his bosses.  A good leader wants to know about problems as they occur or are identified.  It's an axiom of leadership that an organization will only do what the boss checks.  So, a leader's job is to check things, constantly and completely.
This is a president who set up a system in which he imagines he is relieved of responsibility. Someone else’s job. Not his problem. Didn’t know. Doesn’t matter why. He ‘s “madder” than anyone he keeps telling us, but not mad enough to make certain senior advisers tell him what is going on. He wants to be the victim.
Another axiom of leadership is that you can delegate authority, but you cannot delegate responsibility.  Our President should learn that lesson, if only from reading this blog and taking it to heart.  He is responsible for everything his people do or fail to do.  Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, Benghazi, the ACA rollout, they're all his responsibility and each has been a complete debacle.

This is a president that has never had to lead, has never been accountable, doesn't want to know the facts.  He's living in a bubble of his own making and no one can holding him responsible.  No one, that is, except The People.

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