So if we were to begin keeping score at some point: rich folks, semi rich folks,
SUV drivers, bankers, insurance providers, intelligence gatherers, health care providers, car makers, loan writers, Wall Street, CEO’s of virtually every industry, servicemen returning from overseas, and a plumber named Joe have been put in their place by a guy and his posse operating without a resume.
For someone that arrived on the scene without any semblance of experience in the working world of free enterprise, our new president is taking incredible strides in telling people how to conduct their business. The omnipresent office holder seems to pick a new target each day to school on how he wants things done while he’s on the job. Today, April 22, 2009 it just happened to be the CEO’s of credit card companies. Isn’t that a job for Commerce, or the FTC, the SEC, or one of those other federal departments?
I can hear those well educated, highly experienced executives whispering to each other, “who the heck does this guy think he is?”. ”Does he think I paid for these killer cufflinks and Bruno Magli shoes by being successful in community organizing work for the last 20 years”?
Hey, relax guys; enjoy the morning away from the stress of carrying on a multi billion dollar business and learn from his oratory presentation. He doesn’t really mean what he says in the same way he does when he describes the mess that America was before he arrived. He’s simply exercising another opportunity to say something important (to someone) via the teleprompter. Today, credit card execs drew the short straw in the war room after the latest polling data came in. Tomorrow will be someone else’s turn to receive a lecture. Not to say you credit card guys are capitalist saints, but who else to deliver the message that there’s a new sheriff in town, than the new sheriff. Straighten up, you incorrigible credit card cads.
Now take those poor national security employees at the CIA. They had no idea what hit them. The visit a few days ago where POTUS told ‘Company’ employees they had his full support was quintessential Machiavelli. As reported by our intrepid media, it was a visit to the CIA with screaming, adoring fans that swooned with his every word. But think about it; there were no field operatives in that crowd, you know the kind that do the dangerous and ugly work of intelligence. Especially dangerous these days if you work in the legal opinion division. Those in attendance were the clerks and cubicle workers that wouldn’t know a water board from a diving board. Of course they love him, most government jobbers do because their union bosses feed them every reason why they should. I sincerely doubt the covert operatives on the front line would have been so gracious to the Commander in Chief after his decision to cut loose with their Top Secret intelligence gathering recipes. That’s right, the ones that were released against the bipartisan advice of pretty much everybody knowing the importance of maintaining the secrecy of those recipes. If this is what he means by having their back, they should consider a new line of work.
Revered management consultant Peter Drucker once said that most people are truly good at one only thing. There are a select few that are good at two things and it is an extreme rarity when one finds someone who is good at three things. So how is it that someone void of any experience whatsoever in business is able to be good at advising business stakeholders in economics, defense, security, banking, healthcare, etc. The simple answer is that it realistically is not possible. Could it be that President Obama is believing his own press releases to the point where he believes he is actually credible in front of these audiences? Or, is he simply utilizing the bully pulpit to the maximum extent possible. In polite circles they call this a cult of personality. In any case I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for Gibbs, Emanuel, Plouffe, or Axelrod to bring him down to earth. They seem to be enjoying the ride themselves.
Imagine for a minute a scenario where one of the other contenders from 2008 were now living at 1600. Would business man Mitt Romney have us in the fiscal position we appear to be headed toward. Would you and I now own 80% of AIG and who knows how much of what is left of the Big Three? If Hillary were to take a three continent tour in her first 100 days would she have made the foreign policy statement and endless apologies that we now have to live with? One would think she learned her lesson when she got a little too cozy with Yassar Arafat’s wife a few years back: plus she’s a quick study on how far even her husband was willing to go. I doubt that John McCain would now have the intelligence community cowering having experienced an up close and personal back when torture was really torture. Besides he has actually lived through the cyclical dismantling and rebuilding of our intelligence community. For reference, look up Church Commission, Iran Contra, and post cold war era in CIA and FBI history; apparently we refuse to learn this lesson that has guaranteed malignant consequences.
So if we were to begin keeping score at some point: rich folks, semi rich folks, SUV drivers, bankers, insurance providers, intelligence gatherers, health care providers, car makers, loan writers, Wall Street, CEO’s of virtually every industry, servicemen returning from overseas, and a plumber named Joe have been put in their place by a guy and his posse operating without a resume. So far, partridges in pear trees are safe.
No resume, no problem. One can only ‘hope’.
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