Last week I promised you that I would be writing about our local situation. But that is not to be so, because of a more important event which occurred between that time and today. Of course the president is always more newsworthy of a comment.
“The way I think about it is, you know, this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and, you know, we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades. We need to get back on track.”
— President Obama arguing for his third stimulus package in an interview with NBC affiliate WESH of Orlando, Fla.
Here we have or president blaming the American people for the plight that we are in, which is to a great extent caused by himself and his policies: granted that he is not solely responsible.
One of the qualities of good leadership is to take responsibility when things don’t go well and not to blame the followers or in this case the people and the country for one’s own failings: because when there is success you will get the credit under most circumstances.
I feel sad that Mr. Obama has not learned to take responsibility and this may be a reflection of the quality of life training that he had gotten when he was being raised i.e. his upbringing is at least lacking or defective in that area. Worse, since he did not learn from the “malaise” speech that Jimmy Carter gave during his presidency which may have cost him his reelection or in the least contributed to it.
I think that it is human nature to want to blame others for problems in one’ own life and decisions but my lament is that I have yet to hear Mr. Obama not blame others and take responsibility as well as take charge.
Chalk this one up in the column of what one should not do as a good leader. I would never want to follow such a leader for I would not be inspired and would know that I will be blamed one of these days when his policies do not work as planned.