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Slade Gorton
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Slade Gorton

A former U.S. Senator and Washington State Attorney General, Slade Gorton served on the 9/11 Commission.

It's not what he says, it's whether he means it

Question: Like U.S. presidents, military and non-profit leaders often face the equivalent of "midterm elections" in which they and their strategies are subject to an initial market test or performance evaluation. What's the first thing President Obama, or any leader, should do or say when confronted with unambiguously negative results from a mid-course evaluation?

President Obama will say, as all presidents have under similar circumstances, that he congratulates the winners, has heard the message sent by the voters and looks forward to working with the new Congress for the good of the American people. He will then visit countries where he is more popular.

The real question is whether he will mean what he says. That will play out through about the first quarter of next year, after which the course to the next presidential election will be pretty well set.

By Slade Gorton

 |  November 1, 2010; 3:14 PM ET
Category:  Accomplishing Goals , Government leadership , Politics , Presidential leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Although I doubt Slade Gorton and I agree to much anything else, I certainly agree with him about this. Obama's record on sincerity leaves a great deal to be desired. I voted for him because I really believed he would change things in Washington. Boy, was I mistaken! The first positive change would have been holding the previous administration responsible for its massive failures. Obama failed on that score. Consequently, he failed to change the economy, get at the root of what needed to be done to reform healthcare, or to reform our foreign policy in any meaningful way. In addition to this, he defends (in the courts) Bush's positions on nearly everything that matters. So, it is not listening to the talk that matters, but, whether:

Obama can walk the walk...

I don't see him doing it. I hope I'm wrong.

Posted by: bert8 | November 7, 2010 12:11 PM
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