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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Leadership in action: Obama’s speed and balancing act

By GottaLaff

When I first learned to type, my teacher’s mantra was “speed and accuracy”. P.E. Obama must have had the same teacher:

Barack Obama was back in the Capitol on Tuesday, not yet president but seeming to manage three governments at a time while taking questions from old Senate colleagues.

First is Obama’s own administration, still being assembled and facing a few rough patches a week before his Inauguration. Next is his ambitious economic recovery bill, approaching $850 billion and fast becoming a second government in its own right. Third is the leftover business of the outgoing Bush White House: what to do with the last $350 billion in a financial markets rescue fund approved a month before Obama’s election.

Moving fast has always been an Obama trademark. The man scarcely stayed in the Senate two years before running for president. And his appearance at the Democratic luncheon followed the same format: a brief summary of the business at hand followed by opening up the floor to questions.

“He makes his points,” Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) said, grinning slightly. “He allows everyone to ask questions, and that’s a sign of leadership.”

Lawrence Summers, the former Harvard president and Clinton Treasury secretary, was on hand — but also largely unneeded by Obama.

“Let’s put it this way,” said Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.). “We didn’t ask any questions that stumped him.”
Energizer Barack.

Posted by GottaLaff at 1:34 PM
Labels: leadership, president elect obama
GottaLaff said…
I need his energy today. You?

January 14, 2009 1:45 PM
SeattleDan said…
Oh, yeah.

January 14, 2009 1:58 PM
Vicki Cana said…
Me, I really liked the quote,

“We didn’t ask any questions that stumped him.”

January 14, 2009 8:49 PM
GottaLaff said…
My favorite part, too, Vicki! : )

January 14, 2009 8:50 PM

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