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July 23, 2014 at 9:30 pm

James McGregor Burns: 1918-2014

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Very sorry to hear that James McGregor Burns died this week:

“The leadership world lost a giant this week when James MacGregor Burns died at his home in Williamstown, Mass. on Tuesday. Burns, who was 95, was a political scientist and historian who wrote biographies of presidents and notable books about the American political system.

But the subject he was most known for–and which will be his greatest legacy–is his study of leadership. His name graces an endowed position in the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. A public policy program at the University of Maryland has been named after him. And his 1978 book “Leadership” remains the seminal work in the field of leadership studies.”

His books are good and will continue to be required materials for young people in colleges and universities.

His most famous book was “Leadership“.

RIP:  James McGregor Burns

Written by scantojr

July 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Chris Cillizza excuses Obama’s (and his own) failures

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 (My new American Thinker post)

The failings of President Obama have a lot of media people looking for some way of explaining it all. 

After all, it’s tough to look at yourself in the mirror and admit that you were one of those who did not ask the tough questions of candidate Obama back in 2008.  He wasn’t ready for the presidency and everybody knew it but nobody wanted to say it!

They had Bush to blame for much of the first term.  It was easy because President Bush left with low poll ratings and the wars were unpopular.

It’s getting harder and harder in year 6 of “hope and change”.  

The latest defense is blaming the job, or how impossible it is to be president.  It reminds some of us of what they used to say in the Carter years.

Chris Cillizza now tells us that maybe the job is just impossible:

“Why? For lots of reasons up to and including:

* The decline of the bully pulpit as a persuasion mechanism

* The deep partisanship present not only in Congress but also in the electorate more broadly

* The splintering of the mainstream media/the rise of social media.”

Mr Cillizza is correct that it is a difficult job.  Frankly, it’s been a tough job for a long time.  Just ask Mr. Lincoln!

I’m surprised that Mr Cilliza cites “the decline of the bully pulpit” because Mr. Obama was supposed to be the great orator.  He was greeted everywhere by adoring crowds and a media that just couldn’t stop telling us how intelligent the candidate was.

Yes, the country is divided and polarized.  However, I would argue that President Obama has contributed to that polarization.

How do you expect Americans to react when their president governs by executive decree, throws the EPA at manufacturers, pretends the IRS abuse is a “phony scandal” and then sits by as the southern border gets overrun.

Trust me…such a president will polarize the public!

Finally, Mr. Cillizza blames the splintering of the media or the rise of social media.

Well, it’s true that the media is changing but that’s life and President Obama could have used it to persuade the public.  He didn’t!

It’s always been a tough job.  President Obama’s chief problem is that he was never a serious man and the job couldn’t be more serious.

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July 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

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