Archive: September 6, 2009 - September 12, 2009
Van Jones had to go. For the president to keep him would have been somewhere between gratuitous masochism and pandering to constituents who are already on the team.
By Marty Linsky | September 10, 2009; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (5)
A key element of leadership is defining a moment and bringing people to it, when even the most expert observer may not see that opportunity -- that's exactly what President Obama's speech did.
By John H. Cochran, MD | September 10, 2009; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (0)
Ben Franklin helped sealed the deal on the U.S. Constitution 222 years ago this week. How did he do it? By encouraging fellow citizens do something few do today on health care: Compromise.
By Ed Ruggero | September 10, 2009; 6:19 AM ET | Comments (23)
The president will suffer a hit over this episode, but the greater concern is that the national agenda is sidetracked
By Yash Gupta | September 9, 2009; 4:09 PM ET | Comments (0)
Loyalty creates loyalty and sacrificing Jones was a mistake that may prove costly.
By Michael Maccoby | September 9, 2009; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (4)
In politics, there is only one person who is not expendable: in this case, the president. If a member of staff becomes a distraction, it is a time-honored tradition in politics for that person to take one for the team.
By Alan M. Webber | September 9, 2009; 5:20 AM ET | Comments (8)
If the president wasn't battling attacks against positive educational messages and a fact-based health-care debate, he should have fought for Van.
By Paul Schmitz | September 8, 2009; 4:58 PM ET | Comments (35)
I imagine President Obama was not very sorry to see Van Jones leave.
By Mickey Edwards | September 8, 2009; 3:23 PM ET | Comments (5)
Values guide organizations -- and administrations -- so you can't wait for choppy waters to get serious about living those values.
By Beth A. Brooke | September 8, 2009; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (2)
While Mr. Jones likely violated no rule or law, he lost the trust and confidence of the administration that he could serve without bias.
By Col. Michael E. Haith (Ret.) | September 8, 2009; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (3)