Monday, September 08, 2014
President Obama is admitting that he goofed by playing golf so soon after addressing the beheading of an American journalist. The optics looked bad. It is good that the President understands this now, but one wonders why he didn't grasp the gaffe earlier. Leadership has been a trial for this President since the beginning. He seems to be more comfortable following the pack rather than standing at the head of it. Witness his decision to back off on immigration after saying that he would use executive orders to address the problem of tens of thousands of children cross the border from Mexico. In that case, he spoke before he estimated what might happen to Democratic senators in battleground states. Were I brash enough to talk directly to the President, I might advise a rudimentary course in PR and the boundaries of leadership.