Those were my words on my Facebook page yesterday after listening to President Obama’s mid afternoon message to the American people. Less than two hours later the US Stock exchange closed down more than 600 points. Not many people were inspired by the President’s message.
And I have continued to exchange several spirited postings from my Facebook friends, both progressive AND conservative since yesterday’s posting. My perspective has not changed:
President Obama must LEAD our country out of this economic crisis.
He must deploy a bold and decisive PLAN that will create JOBS for our unemployed citizens.
He must use his leadership skills to help orchestrate a more action-oriented Congress and move them toward more effective legislation instead of the ongoing political/partisan grandstanding.
Leadership is simply the mechanism of galvanizing groups/people/organizations when the doors of opportunities come calling. In the good times, it’s easy to do because conflict and condemnation are at a minimum.
It’s much harder to take on a leadership role when the economy is tanking, uncertainty is expanding, and jobs creation is at a minimum. Yet taking on a firm leadership role during tough times defines a person...or a President as a true leader.
I want President Obama to become that strong, action oriented leader and stop identifying his role as a mediator.
America does not need President Obama to mediate.
America needs President Obama to lead!
The world needs President Obama to lead!
This is not a popularity contest. We already know that the some in the Tea Party members are out to destroy the Obama presidency. In fact they wouldn’t mind taking the country down with President Obama, too. I just watched a small Wisconsin video clip where cheers went up when the Standard and Poors downgrade was announced. So we’ve already established that there is a percentage of our society that will never accept President Obama or his administration.
That doesn’t mean that Obama is off the hook from leading the rest of us. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and those who may never cast a ballot. It’s called leadership in a bold and courageous way that visualizes and articulates the longterm possibilities of our country. Leadership that ignores the naysayers and creates a swift and actionable PLAN that creates JOBS for the unemployed, the underemployed and those who gave up on employment some years ago.
Leadership is taking action when Congress lets us all down and leaves us uninspired. Leadership is facing the twin barrel of poverty, unemployment, economic uncertainty, and domestic instability and marches forward in the face of disagreement.
That’s the leader I voted for. That’s the leader I want in President Obama. That’s the leader I believe we need for America, right now, this month, this season.
I know that I am probably saying what many of you cannot say. Your jobs, your careers, your funding keeps you silent. And I also know that some of my conservative subscribers completely disagree with my perspective. I am enjoying my debate with them on Facebook, and I welcome ALL opinions on the comments section below.
One of the greatest leaders of our time, Dr. Martin Luther King, said it this way:
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
We are in those times of challenge and controversy right now! It is time for President Obama to STAND, to LEAD, and to ACT. His choice of governance will take us to a future of stability or a future of turmoil.
I am betting on the former...that President Obama will STAND, LEAD and ACT.
Your comments are welcome.