The Un-Manager

May 15, 2008 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

This post is dedicated to Joey, whose disgust with the Obamenon is apparent (and justified).

(Speaking of guys named Joe, where is Joe Millah?)

As Mittites we extolled his virtues as a manager. Obama has demonstrated that he is the Un-Manager. As defined in Lowdogg’s Lexicon:

Noun; One who desires the fruits of management without the labor; also one who takes credit for the “good stuff.” blaming everything else on anything else (underlings, drugs, genetics, a vast right-wing conspiracy)

ABC News’ Jake Tapper has a pretty scathing post about Obama’s penchant to blame his staff for campaign missteps. There are at least ten clear times where Obama has blamed mistakes, gaffes, and faux pas on staffers. I understand that you can’t always stop your employees from saying the wrong thing, but Obama has attempted to explain the sending of written documents from his official offices as actions for which he holds no responsibility. The fact that he was “not aware,” and therefore not responsible is cause for deep concern.

I work in a service business. I have employees. If there is a mistake, I pay for it, in more ways than one. Thousands of other people take responsibility for such things. That is the mature and responsible course for a leader to take.

Is it too much to expect the man auditioning for the country’s top management post to do that same?

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