Obama Is A Lousy CEO

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    Wow, Obama getting dissed by the New York Times? I wonder what he did to piss them off? The rest of us have been able to see what a petty little man Obama is, but I never expected the NYT to be the ones to point it out publicly.
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    New York Times Proves Clint Eastwood Correct -- Obama Is Lousy CEO

    A Sunday New York Times front page story — New York Times! — might have killed President Obama’s re-election hopes.

    The story is called “The Competitor in Chief — Obama Plays To Win, In Politics and Everything Else.” It is devastating.

    With such a title, and from such a friendly organ, at first I thought Jodi Kantor’s piece would be a collection of Obama’s greatest political wins: His rapid rise in Illinois, his win over Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries, the passage of health care, and so on.

    But the NYT piece is not about any of that. Rather, it is a deep look into the two outstanding flaws in Obama’s executive leadership:

    Kantor’s piece is full of examples of Obama’s odd need to dominate his peers in everything from bowling, cards, golf, basketball, and golf (104 times in his presidency). Bear in mind, Obama doesn’t just robustly compete. The leader of the free world spends many hours practicing these trivial pursuits behind the scenes. Combine this weirdly wasted time with a consistent overestimation of his capabilities, and the result is, according to NYT’s Kantor:

    He may not always be as good at everything as he thinks, including politics. While Mr. Obama has given himself high grades for his tenure in the White House — including a “solid B-plus” for his first year — many voters don’t agree, citing everything from his handling of the economy to his unfulfilled pledge that he would be able to unite Washington to his claim that he would achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    Those were not the only times Mr. Obama may have overestimated himself: he has also had a habit of warning new hires that he would be able to do their jobs better than they could.

    “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,” Mr. Obama told Patrick Gaspard, his political director, at the start of the 2008 campaign, according to The New Yorker. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m going to think I’m a better political director than my political director.”
    New York Times Proves Clint Eastwood Correct -- Obama Is Lousy CEO - Forbes
     
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    Well thank god he's not running a business then.
     
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    Yeah.. But he's a lousy president too. :(
     
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    Damn, I guess you and that Forbes guy are pretty much cumming all over yourselves that the Times would actually say something critical of the Prez, huh?
     
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    Amazing isn't it?
     
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    No arguments there.
     

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