It's no secret that President Obama has spent much of his first year in the Oval Office attempting to build consensus across party lines, compromise with his critics, and put the united back into the United States of America. After pushing for collective action and progress, however, it turns out that while inspirational in ambition, the President's bipartisan fantasy may ultimately prove to be aspirational in reality. The more Mr. Obama reaches across the aisle with an unclenched fist, the more his opponents seem to capitalize by jabbing him in the jaw. In fact, some might say that the country is more divided now than it was united when the President first took office. What went wrong? And how can Mr. Obama fix it? Well, the answer is simple. Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you the First Lady of Putting-Critics-In-Their-Place: Miss Lady Gaga.
Sure, you're probably wondering what the unique, wildly successful 23-year-old music megastar could teach the President of the United States about realism and resolve. Surprisingly, it wasn't that hard of a connection to make. Lady Gaga has been (and continues to be) a favorite target of critics since the moment she arrived on the airwaves. In the face of ruthless remarks regarding her sexuality, talent, and performances, she stuck to her guns, churning out hit after hit after hit--all to the tune of grand praise and harsh criticism. The lesson for Mr. Obama is clear: pay no attention to relentless push back for the sake of opposition. Success is a critic's worst nightmare.
Unlike Lady Gaga, who has continuously maintained her executive authority over the creative process and the production of her artistry, Mr. Obama seems to have deferred much of his executive authority to the legislative branches. And while Democrats have a stranglehold on both the House and the Senate, which should have seamlessly translated into yes we can, for some inexplicable reason has proved to be no we can't. Therefore, as CEO of the United States, Mr. Obama should now shelve the notion of bipartisanship and focus on results-based politics for the next three years. The President has an incredible opportunity to prove his Republican talking-point critics wrong--and the strong but dwindling masses of inspired and engaged Democrats right--by simply being in charge. It's time President Obama reigned in his true authority.
Now, with regard to health care, it looks as though Mr. Obama must resort to the reconciliation process--the up or down vote--in which a simple majority of 51 is required to pass legislation. Not only should the President use this tactic to combat the superfluous and superficial holdups preventing such reform, but he must also make this process the rule versus the exception if it indeed gets the job done. The American public cares not about procedural technicalities that hamper progress, for they want results, and the President has an obligation to deliver.
A lesson in executive control and continuous success in the face of gratuitous vilification, taught by Lady Gaga or otherwise, may very well be the one lesson that saves the Obama Presidency.
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