Time For Specifics
Beyond balancing hope and candor, leaders also need to balance being general enough to leave themselves latitude but also specific enough to have a mandate for making tough asks. Inaugural addresses are appropriately thematic, but now that the time to govern has begun, President Obama is more likely to be able to persuade Congress that he has a mandate for asking for sacrifices and making hard choices once he says what those sacrifices and choices are. From tax increases to spending cuts, from conservation measures to calls to service, at least some political capital must be targeted if it not to be squandered.
Posted by: PattiORiley | January 22, 2009 11:25 AM
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