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Alan M. Webber

Alan M. Webber

Alan Webber, a founding editor of Fast Company magazine, is an award-winning editor, author, and columnist. His most recent book is Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Yourself.

Memo to Self

Now that we've made it through inauguration (and what was the deal with Roberts? Can't that guy even get the oath right? Must remember to send him a note saying it was my fault--it'll make him feel better), it's time to get down to the work of being president. First job: define success. That way, we'll know what we are actually trying to achieve. Second job: put definition on desk to refer to at least once a day. Okay, here goes:

1. Continue to remind people that I am not George W. Bush. This is good for at least 50 points in the polls and will buy me time and maneuvering room politically. (Must remember to do it in a nice way--if I do it in a mean-spirited way, then I am George W. Bush. Have flowers sent to him in Texas so he doesn't fume over the way I undressed him in public yesterday--it'll make him feel better.)

2. Do something about the economy. If it works, do more of it; if it doesn't work, do something else. Keep doing things until the economy gets better. (Lesson learned from FDR; actually they're his words-- must remember to quote him. It'll make the Roosevelts feel better.)

3. Close Gitmo; announce new Iraq war plan/withdrawal timetable and troop increase for Afghanistan. It's good to keep campaign promises, plus reminds people I'm not George W. Bush (see #1 above). Gitmo is a national disgrace so the rest of the world will feel better. We'll see about Afghanistan-- if it turns into a disaster, at least Russia mightfeel better. (Remember to help returning vets-- they actually deserve to feel better.)

4. When in doubt, give a speech. (It'll make me feel better.)

By Alan M. Webber

 |  January 21, 2009; 12:29 PM ET
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