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  • Mark L. Hopkins: President Obama - a poor manager?

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  • Of all the criticisms leveled at President Barack Obama, perhaps the worst and the most unfair is that he is a poor manager. Yes, there is ample evidence that he has difficulty delegating authority and making the mechanism of government run. His strengths appear to be as a visionary, a communicator and a person with a strong liberal philosophy, one that is a positive to a large portion of our citizens.
    In his first five years in office the mis-management issues are legion. We can cite the rolling out of Obamacare, the rising debt level, and the VA crisis as three of the most obvious areas where administrative remediation from the President would have been helpful. If that were the extent of the list it would not be too bad but it isnít. There are more issues for the list, many more.
    In the interests of fairness letís take a look at the presidency as outlined in the Constitution of the United States. First, who can be president? Almost anyone over the age of 35 who is a natural-born citizen. Does the criteria say that a person must have certain experiences or training in the skills necessary to run a large government/business organization? No. Does logic tell us that experience and skill are necessary to be able to administer the executive branch of our government with its multi-million employees? You would certainly think so. These skills and experiences are not required in the Constitution, but it would seem that not having them would doom any presidency to failure.
    In light of these thoughts, letís look back a few years. Ronald Reagan was governor of the state of California. That huge state certainly qualifies as a large government/business organization. How about George H.W. Bush? Wasnít he in Congress, the head of NATO and a vice president? How about the backgrounds of our other more recent presidents, such as Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush? All were vice presidents or governors. How does their preparation for the presidency compare with that of President Obama?
    In 2008 and 2012 we elected a president who meets every qualification for the presidency that is in the Constitution. We also elected a president who never administered any business or organization even remotely similar to our executive branch bureaucracy. When President Obama was running in 2008, we evaluated his qualifications along with other candidates and decided not to opt for a president with experience as a manager. Instead, the majority of our voters chose the visionary and communicator with the liberal philosophy. In short, we got exactly what the majority voted for.
    To paraphrase an old song, ďHe never promised us a Ö manager.Ē
    Dr. Mark L. Hopkins writes for More Content Now and Scripps Newspapers. He is past president of colleges and universities in four states and currently serves as executive director of a higher-education consulting service. Contact him at presnet@presnet.net.
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