Friday, November 28, 2008

Back to "Great Man" Model of Leadership

A reporter asked President elect Barack Obama how the public should interpret his appointment of long time political insiders to key positions within his administration, in light of his calls for change in Washington. Pundits call his appointment of political hard ball staffers a "good cop-bad cop" relationship. Obama responded:

"Understand where the vision for change comes from first and foremost," Obama asserted. "It comes from me. That's my job, is to provide a vision in terms of where we are going and to make sure that my team is implementing it."

The Clinton administration was surprisingly business friendly. George W. Bush repeatedly granted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's wish list. So far, the Obama administration is peppered with people from both camps.

At a roast Obama joked that he is Superman. He'll need his x-ray vision to find conflicts of interest amongst his team, much less within Congress.

But here's a shout for our super visionary leader. He has alot on his shoulders, if he plans on driving real change. The big money men want a return on their investment and America's federal government has a history of delivering. Even re-balancing that a bit in favor of the common citizen, will cause Obama much pain.

Time will prove his mettle and how much kryptonite Corporate America has. Let's hope none of those "bad cops" deliver strength sapping material to the Oval Office.

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