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Michael Maccoby

Michael Maccoby

Michael Maccoby is an anthropologist and psychoanalyst globally recognized as an expert on leadership. He is the author of The Leaders We Need, And What Makes Us Follow.

Don't Wait for It to 'Blow Over'

There are two lessons to be learned from President Obama's stumble at his press conference. The first is that if you are trying to unite skeptical people to support an important program, like health care reform, don't throw in a divisive, emotionally charged observation, like blaming the police for bad racial relations.

The second is that once you realize you have made a gaffe, don't just hope it blows over, but act quickly to do something that brings people together with a feeling of fellowship, like inviting the adversaries to join you for a drink at the White House.

By Michael Maccoby

 |  August 3, 2009; 12:05 PM ET
Category:  Making mistakes Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Matt Letterman Hits the road Headed to Washington DC in search of real HELP from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

He left his rural Missouri home on his John Deer Tractor Yesterday.

Matt has been fighting for real help from the Department of Veterans Affairs for years now. While the VA agrees that he is Disabled beyound the ability of holding any real job. They have used loop holes in the laws to deny him the real help that he has been in need of for years.

Matt served in Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and has been suffering from disabiling illness ever since.

They're too busy schmoozing and drinking. We've been dealing with this for 17 years now. They're throwing money away on worthless banks and building a commie GM. We need hundreds of tractors headed to DC. Surround it guys. It's that time again. This could get more interesting. I wonder if they'll have enough beer for everybody.

Posted by: Dermitt | August 3, 2009 3:23 PM
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