Yesterday, a man with whom I work attempted to defend Barack Obama’s record as president by blaming Republicans for their dogged unwillingness to work with the President. His point was that the man needs another four years to actually work his agenda.
Now, I truly like and admire my co-worker. He’s not a news-hound like I am, so I think his opinions come from within. He generally dislikes political gaming even though his father sits on the local Democrat Executive Committee which oversees our elections. Our discussion touched briefly on racial matters. Thomas, like the incumbent, is black. He wanted me to know that he has no doubt that my disdain for Obama has more to do with policy than pigmentation – a perception I appreciate. I hate racial thinking and wouldn’t want to be associated with such. He hastened to add, though, that he isn’t sure about the rest of the world. Nevertheless, he thinks maybe the President could do better in a second term.
In the real world where I live when I’m not writing political blogs, I do other kinds of writing. Yesterday I was crafting a small piece about charismatic leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Winston Churchill. There was a time when I might have included Barack Obama in the list of leaders who rely upon their magnetism to Pied Piper voters to their cause. In preparing to write the charisma article, though, I realized that a leader who is gifted with real charisma depends heavily upon his/her ability to communicate a common goal. It dawned upon me that Obama has completely missed that particular mark for the past four years. Yes. He drove the hope and change message home brilliantly. That’s why and how we elected him. But, when it came to gaining support for his socialist agenda and his policies of redistribution, he led but nobody followed. So much for pipers piping except to say, it’s time to pay ours.
Obama failed to lead and, as a consequence, he’ll not be enjoying a second term.
When a real leader runs up against an inflexible foe, as Republicans undoubtedly were, he uses his talents to change minds. He drops by the opponent’s office, buys him a cup of coffee and appeals to whatever tiny spark of reason he can find within his adversary’s psyche to inspire a change of heart. That’s what leadership is all about. It’s about communication and it’s about inspiration. Barack has done both badly. At least that’s what I finally helped Thomas to understand. I think Mitt Romney gained another vote yesterday and I’m happy to think I helped.