I had printed out Michael Barone’s latest Examiner column, Dodge facts, skip details, govern Chicago-style, to read at the gym, but got caught up in the book I was reading that I neglected it until just before bed Monday night.
Would it that I had read it earlier because he articulates a thesis similar to one I had put forward in my primary post of the day on Monday, only Barone expresses himself far better than I did. In my post reflecting on the President’s “tone deaf” visit to the ice cream parlor while Tehran burns, I contended that
Watching Obama’s presidency unfold, it seems hs agility on offense is related to the same skill which makes him such an effective speaker with a teleprompter. He’s great when he follows a predetermined plan.
Having studied the President far more closely, Barone, in a similar vein, offers
Obama likes to execute long-range strategies but suffers from cognitive dissonance when new facts render them inappropriate. His 2008 campaign was a largely flawless execution of a smart strategy, but he was flummoxed momentarily when the Russians invaded Georgia and when John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate. On domestic policy, he has been executing his long-range strategy of vastly expanding government, but may be encountering problems as voters show unease at huge increases on spending.
As with anything by Barone, it goes without saying that one should just read the whole thing.
Simply put, Obama is not good at handling the unexpected. It’s why, I believe, he could learn a thing or two from Captain Sullenberger.