Monday, December 1, 2008

Obama's approach to leadership


President-elect Obama, in today's presser:
(as reported by TPM)

"I assembled this team because I'm a strong believer in strong personalities and strong opinions. I think that's how the best decisions are made...

"I'm going to be welcoming a vigorous debate inside the White House. But understand: I will be setting policy as president. I will be responsible for the vision that this team carries out, and I expect them to implement that vision once decisions made. So as Harry Truman said, the buck will stop with me."

Perfect. This is what I figured in my previous commentary on his picks. He has basically now shown and said that he is picking people based on their potential ability to get things done, not based on whether they share his vision a priori.

He has set the tone, explicitly letting all the strong personalities know that, while all opinions are welcome, he expects them to execute according to his directive once he arrives at his decision.

Looks like this country will soon have a leader again.


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The Improp said...

What a revelation, no??

I'm pretty damn excited about this turn of events, and the way in which Obama is going about this transition. They say that hope springs eternal...

Did you hear CNN talking about how the next junior Senator from NY could be Bill Clinton? They are trying to figure out if there is a Constitutional bar on it... but also mentioned that John Quincy Adams was a Congressman for some 18 years after he lost reelection to the Presidency.

Anonymoustache said...

No I didn't hear that buzz about Bill being the next Jr senator from NY. I dont know if that will ever happen but if it does, it will cause Limbaugh, Hannity and Co to have massive seizures/strokes, so I gotta say I like the idea.

Drugmonkey said...

I'm still backing Bill for SCOTUS my self. HAHAHAHA give alito and scalito and roberts a run for their money...ahh, a monkey can dream, can't 'e?

Anonymoustache said...

Bill for SCOTUS would be awesome and would assure the aforementioned seizures/strokes.
I was bitterly disappointed when Bill made SCOTUS overtures to Cuomo and he declines. The Cuomo/Scalia throwdowns would have been epic. The opinions would have been entertaining reads regardless of the case.

Anonymoustache said...

should read /declined/
in previous comment

Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde said...

Love the idea of Bill at SCOTUS but c'mon, running his own mini-empire of international diplomacy vs one equal vote of 9? Don't see that happening. He'd be too pissed off when he couldn't persuade everyone else to vote as he did.

Drugmonkey said...

I wonder if field negro does constitutional law, that'd be fucking awesome too...or maybe we can draft a Constitutional expert like this guy...

Anonymoustache said...

Bill is all about power. I'm not saying that he doesn't work some good causes, but basically people of that stature and ego get their kicks from power and influence. I don't know whether all the international mini-diplomacies in the world could equal the mojo of a SC seat. Now, if Bill is angling for a Nobel a la Gore then maybe....but I still don't see him preferring that to being an SC justice.
All this having been said, I don't think Obama will offer the SC post to him. With all his current troubles and pressures, he doesn't need the fucking circus of hearings that would ensue.
I think both suggestions are excellent; though in my opinion CPP would be much better equipped to hand out righteous beat-downs to the Scalias and Thomases.

Anonymoustache said...

To clarify---I know that the SC position may not be available for a year or so---but I don't expect Obama's pressures to be significantly lesser by then. I think Obama will go with safe/non-controversial picks early. Even if he wanted to offer Bill an SC spot it would only be much later in his tenure---after he has accomplished some of his early goals and established a certain amount of bankable trust with the public. MAke no mistake, if Bill is ever nominated all freaking hell will break lose. He did look straight into the camera a lie after all, the stupid fucker.