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Obama Leadership

The Leader Obama Wanted to Become and What Became of Him

David Bromwich | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
David Bromwich

For some time now, observers -- a surprisingly wide range of them -- have been saying that Barack Obama seems more like a king than a president.

Washington Watch: 'Obama, Where Are You?'

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 03.24.2014 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

What's coming from the administration in 2014? Will we get better messaging from the president this year than we got in 2013? Not so far.

What They Can't See

Brett C. Di Resta | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Brett C. Di Resta

Leadership isn't solely about outcomes -- plenty of great leaders (Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Vince Lombardi, Michael Jordan), suffered losses. Leadership is setting the right course. And the president is actually leading.

Can Obama Save Politics?

Scott Warren | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics
Scott Warren

One of the only subjects that Democrats and Republicans agree on right now is that our political process is broken.

Closing the Achievement Gap: An Obama Signature Program?

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 10.01.2012 | Education
Harold A. McDougall

The Obama Administration could provide a national focus for all these efforts with a signature program to close the achievement gap, not displacing the contributions of community and business but facilitating and focusing them. Why not?

Leadership Begins With Character

Elizabeth Gilbert | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Gilbert

I don't know how many more chances I will get to live in a country that is managed by a leader of emulation-worthy intelligence and dignity. But I would at least like another four years of admiring the most powerful person in the world, and that is why I am voting for Barack Obama.

An Emerging Leader

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Stephen Schlesinger

Maraniss's book traces Obama's childhood, teenage years and his twenties with meticulous detail and exceptional insight. He interviewed hundreds of people who knew Obama at this early stage of his life.

9 Things Obama Could Learn From Caesar

Barry Strauss | Posted 07.11.2012 | Books
Barry Strauss

True, Caesar came to a bad end. He grew too fond of power and too trusting of his friends, and he paid with his life on the Ides of March. Yet Caesar offers leadership lessons in both war and politics. Even an accomplished politician like President Obama could benefit from the following tips.


Andy Stern | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics
Andy Stern

President Obama has kept his word and kept us focused, and that's why we need to keep him in the White House.

The Fourth Way

Al Checchi | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Al Checchi

We need to develop a "Fourth Way," the American Way -- neither left, right, or bipartisan, but a non partisan common sense program for American civic renewal.

POLL: Obama Seen As Smartest, Most Honest Candidate By Most Americans, Religious Groups Differ

Posted 12.06.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans consider President Obama to be the smartest and most honest presidential candi...

Cenk Uygur Has a Tree in His Head

Mike Bonifer | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics
Mike Bonifer

Cenk Uygur has a tree in his head. I am currently studying the world-shaking work on storytelling in organizations by Dr. David Boje, who teaches at ...

Obama Is Not RFK

Brent Budowsky | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Lest Republicans enjoy my criticism of the president, I believe there is now an economically unpatriotic wing of the GOP. They express partisan joy with every new job loss.

Obama's Choice and the Social Psychology of Group Decision Making

Arie Kruglanski | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Arie Kruglanski

Major policy debacles by several U.S. administrations have been traced to excessive gravitation of decision making teams toward consensus, what Irwin Janis, labeled a tendency toward "groupthink."

Getting Osama Bin Laden: A 2011 Template for Presidential Leadership?

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Why can't the same thoughtful and courageous presidential leadership we witnessed on bin Laden be exercised in confronting our continued high rate of joblessness and the budget deficit?

President Obama and American Exceptionalism

Ed Schultz | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Ed Schultz

President Obama acted decisively. There wasn't any jingoism going on, no cowboy talk, just a lot of dignity and class. How's that for change you can believe in?

Why I Support the Reelection of President Barack Obama

Rob Stein | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Rob Stein

Respect for others, tolerance of difference, civility and comity, dialogue and deliberativeness are valued and effective leadership strengths, regardless of what the more bellicose among us may think. This is why Barack Obama is most fit to lead us.

Neigh Sayers

Matthew Dowd | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

As I reflected on my soulful experience, I realized that lessons from horse whispering can apply to our political leaders and our country, especially as we have watched the budget battle unfold.

GOP and Libya: Glad to Be Unhappy

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

It's not that the GOP enjoys criticizing this president. It's more like breathing -- you don't "enjoy" it, it's just something you find yourself doing over and over again. It's something that keeps you alive.

Amanda Terkel

Anthony Weiner: Obama Is 'Not A Values Guy' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and a handful of other House Democrats expressed deep frustration with President Barack Obama's leadership ...

Post-Thanksgiving Reflections

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Many of us who complain that Obama has not done this or that seem to have forgotten the guiding principles affecting fundamental political, economic and social change.

An Open Letter to Michelle Obama: 'The President Will Listen to You'

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jesse Kornbluth

Mrs. Obama, it seems as if everyone who cares about your husband is talking at him. It doesn't seem as if he hears any of us, but everything we know about your relationship suggests that he does listen to you.

Barack Obama and George W. Bush... America's Evolution

Christopher Power | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christopher Power

Obama and Bush demonstrate very different styles of leadership that have many of us asking questions. Their qualities are a statement of where America is at and where we are heading globally.

The Midterm Elections And True Leadership

Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski

A true leader sees the responsibility of leadership as asking hard questions and forcing people out of their comfort zone. We need to see clearly as citizens that going through significant discomfort will be the only path to the change we deserve.

America: The Incredible Shrinking Nation

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

The America that owned my boyhood pride -- for all its failings -- seemed a far larger place than I find myself living in today. We are, I fear, living in a country the size of a gated, restricted country club.