Thoughts about The Presidency
Americans typically refer to the POTUS as the leader of the Free World. This is a “title” that some Non-Americans really take issue with for multiple reasons, not the least of which is that it implies that their own countries are secondary “citzens of the world.”
I’d like to try and get beyond the titles and the packaging. One of the qualities that you really want in a president or any leader for that matter is excellent communication skills. You’d like to have a great orator who can inspire you and make you feel like you are a part of a community. And not just any community, but something great, something special.
But the ability to communicate is not enough by itself. Ideally you’d like to have it stand alongside great thoughts and vision, as well as the ability to translate ideas into action. So it would be something like:
Ideas, Communicate, Action (translation of ideas into action)
I don’t have time to make this a long post, so I am going to try and cut to the heart of the matter.
The Presidency is not a one person job. It is too large, too complex and too involved for any one person, regardless of their skills and ability.
So what you really need to be concerned with are the people that surround the president. Who are they, what skills do they have and are they a benefit or a hinderance to the president’s ability to lead the country.
I have said many times that I am not a fan of Bush, but I am tired of listening to people gripe about his speech. I don’t care if he garbles his words. I don’t care if it is too colloquial. All I care about is what he is really saying. Does he speak about policy issues and his vision of the future, and if so, what is going to happen and where are we going.
Substance, not packaging is important.