Archive: November 22, 2009 - November 28, 2009
When I was a kid, the Transformer Optimus Prime inspired and moved me. Leadership is the power to inspire others through symbols.
By Coro Fellows | November 24, 2009; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (0)
A White House state dinner conveys enormous symbolism and skilled presidents like FDR have used them to seal important alliances.
By Yash Gupta | November 24, 2009; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (5)
Leadership is all about relationships, so even if we can't all host or attend state dinners, we should create our own.
By Ed O'Malley | November 24, 2009; 5:09 AM ET | Comments (1)
The president should fill sought-after state-dinner seats with folks who aren't on his payroll - above all, members of Congress, governors, pundits and journalists, and lots and lots of big-time campaign financiers.
By Ken Adelman | November 23, 2009; 3:23 PM ET | Comments (11)
The state dinner is a real opportunity for the president to strengthen a vitally important relationship with India.
By Slade Gorton | November 23, 2009; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (1)
Certainly the symbolic gestures of leadership are important, but if a leader's public signals and private actions conflict -- game over.
By Beth A. Brooke | November 23, 2009; 3:07 PM ET | Comments (0)
If anything, the Obama presidency has been so focused on symbolic conduct that sometimes symbols have become, or seemed to become, a substitute for policy.
By Howard Gardner | November 23, 2009; 2:03 PM ET | Comments (0)
State dinners can help to bring people together but they tend to be more social occasions and are more about show than substance.
By David Walker | November 23, 2009; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)