The Un-Manager Strikes Back!

September 1, 2008 at 8:14 am 1 comment

Back in May I wrote this post about Obama’s failings as a manager. This issue has re-emerged with the rise of Sarah Palin to the McCain ticket. This Politico article explains:

Just hours after his campaign issued a first statement Friday ripping the addition of Sarah Palin to the Republican ticket, Barack Obama backed away from that statement — or at least its tone — and said that his own campaign had misrepresented him. 
Obama often speaks of how important his staffers are to his bid and would be to his administration, and he’s praised them for covering for each other’s mistakes. But in the heat of the campaign, he’s publicly called them out for everything from missing an event to misrepresenting his policy positions to using his office to aid a donor. 
When asked about his campaign’s attack on Palin, attributed to top spokesman Bill Burton, at a Friday afternoon media availability at a Pennsylvania biodiesel plant, Obama referred to a statement he and running mate Joe Biden had since issued that hardly touched on policy issues and called Palin “an admirable person and … a compelling new voice.” 
Obama disavowed his campaign’s first response, telling journalists that “I think that, uh, you know, campaigns start getting these, uh, hair triggers and, uh, the statement that Joe and I put out reflects our sentiments,” he said. 

Either Obama allows his campaign to make these comments so that he can later disavow them and appear above the fray, or he has no control over his people. Isn’t there someone in the campaign that Obama can trust? Apparently even his top spokesman makes this kind of error. This does not bode well for the way an Obama administration would run.

Where does the buck stop with Barack?


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Sportsattitude  |  September 1, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    No doubt about it, the initial release putting down Palin should have gotten that top spokesman fired. Common sense would dictate a careful, measured response to any selection McCain made, especially in this instance where it was for most out of the blue. As for Obama’s overall managerial capabilities, his “ground troops” managed to quell the Clinton regime in ’08 so I would give him his due on that – no small accomplishment – even though it was shocking how disorganized Hillary’s campaign seemed to be run. Perhaps credit for that should be tempered…we shall see how the final two months play out and it will be a fascinating dynamic with those who make up our “final four.”


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