What Would You Say?
You’ve been the leader of the country for a full year.
The honeymoon has worn off and the real work of leadership has begun.
Your approval ratings are mediocre.
We’ve come through one of the most difficult years for our country economically.
People are not very confident and not very trusting.
You’re the leader. What do you say tonight?
I would probably just try to tell the truth – things kind of suck, some plans are starting to work, other plans need to be changed. People have such sensitive b.s. meters right now that I think Obama just needs to be straight forward and talk about concrete plans for improving the economy, the war, healthcare, etc. Easier said than done, though. Glad I'm not in his position.
The pure, unadulterated, hard, cold TRUTH would be nice. It's past time for someone to be courageous enough to state what has to be done, no matter the personal costs. "We the People" are tightening our budgets and cutting expenses, Washington must do the same. We cannot survive their continuing irresponsibility. The "Church" has the mandate to care for communities, not the government. Crosspoint is an outstanding example!
I would start by trying to own what I need to own. I would then tell them why I think this next year is going to be better than the last.
I would never want to be President. I think that something about the nature of politics detracts all the kind of leaders that we need to get us out of the mess we're in.
It is so easy to sit on the sidelines and gripe. Unfortunately it won't get us anywhere.
Wish we'd gotten a good dose of the Stockdale Paradox:
"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be."