I just read in the NYT that the Obama administration is holding a special review and strategy session this weekend. According to the NYT, a White House aide said 22 officials with Cabinet rank will meet with administration advisers at Blair House this weekend. They will use this time to take stock of what the administration has accomplished and plan for the future.
I’ve been watching Obama’s steeply dropping Presidential approval ratings…so I think I understand why this July 31 – August 1 working weekend is so important. As a management consultant, I know that there is only one real reason for organizational failure – the behavior of the leader at the very top of the organization.
I’ve had the unique experience of being an award-winning political scientist, a successful management consultant, and an early advisor to the young BHO. In that spirit, I would make the following recommendations to him for turning around his struggling presidency:
1. Quit your substance abuse. You can’t perform as President and also damage your brain with alcohol, tobacco or other drugs ATOD.
2. Pick the brains of those who predicted the failure of the stimulus package…these are the economists and social scientists who really understand how a modern economy functions, prospers and produces jobs. (Give Steve Forbes a call.)
3. Remember that the most successful Presidents of the past have done what has helped them stay high in the polls. This is one of the unique blessings of the American political system. If the President is doing well in the polls, then he is usually making wise decisions that benefit the nation.
I don’t expect BHO to ever read this post. Nevertheless, this would be my sincere advice based on what I know about him and the larger patterns of U.S. politics.
Augustine 25 is the pseudonym of an award-winning political scientist.