Dear Mr. President,
I recently read an article on the Six Sign of Career Derailment, By Barbara Reinhold, and it occurred to me that her list of six could also apply to your Presidency. Since you have declared you will seek a second term, I thought it might be a good idea if I shared some of her thoughts and how they will derail your re-election if you are not careful.
The first point is not so much a problem for you as it is a perception of your power, and that is disagreeing with higher management. While there technically is no one higher than you, the GOP certainly think they can control you, as it appears that you think they can too. So my strong recommendation would be to start acting like “The President” and just maybe they will show a little more respect for the office.
I’m going to lump the second and third together because they go hand in hand. Problems with team building and developing working relationships have been an ongoing and consistent problem for you. Your attempts to appoint people to key positions, have been thwarted at every turn by the House controlled GOP, and your inability to herd the Demo”cats” in the direction you want them to go. As far as working relationships go, as I have stated in a number of my letters… you cannot negotiate with Republicans. It hasn’t worked thus far, and it is not going to happen during your Presidency… so quit trying.
Next would be lack of follow-through and moving from the technical to the strategic level. Now these are big ones… I know it’s one thing to make promises on the campaign trail, and quite another to follow through with those promises. However, to consistently back down, cave in, compromise or utterly ignore those promises is another matter. You simply must make good on some of those promises, like closing Gitmo, and bringing the troops home. You’ve proven you’re tough on terrorism, you got Osama bin Laden… declare victory and bring the troops home.
And last would be to assume that something other than your own hard work will take you where you want to go. Don’t think for a minute that because you have the status of being the incumbent, that it will automatically get you re-elected, because it won’t. Just because you know how hard you work, and you know how desperately you want to put this country back on track, doesn’t mean everyone believes it too.
I can assure you that unless you begin to fix of these six signs, your Presidency will surely be derailed. Many in the GOP have openly stated that they hope you fail. They don’t even try to hide their distain for you personally. These are despicable, evil, and cowardly individuals that are truly “Un-American” in deeds and spirit. Please prove them wrong, don’t let them derail your Presidency.
The Gadfly Granny