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.
November 1, 2010; 3:14 PM ET
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