Are we all starting to understand the catastrophic nature of the Gulf oil leak? One of the more attractive, tourist driven areas of our country is being destroyed due to greed, lack of preparation and very poor oversight. And on top of all of that, our President feels compelled to sing “Michelle” to the minstrel-ling of Sir Paul McCartney, rather than show the American people at least the perception that he is proactively developing a plan of action that will not devastate the Gulf Coast, wildlife and thousands of businesses and families that depend on the fishing trade and tourism to survive.
We live in very complex world, and anything can happen during the watch of any president. What differentiates great leaders from the rest is how they react, the decisions they make, and how they communicate with the American people. To this end, Mr. Obama has done a very poor job. His lack of ownership of the spill has been obvious from the start. When he finally showed up at the Gulf 12 days after the spill began, he lacked any sense of urgency, and did not assure his fellow Americans that he developed an aggressive plan.
In business as in politics, great leaders are seen as taking charge, dealing with issues head on, and taking responsibility for things that go wrong, while thanking the group when there has been success. This is not the behavior I have seen in any way, shape or form by this President.