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President Obama: Expect The Unexpected, Avoid Contrivance

January 25, 2009

When President-elect Barack Obama phoned Yo-Yo Ma and invited him to “perform” at his inauguration, he probably had no idea that would cascade into a pre-recorded gig with space heaters.

“Performance” became contrivance.

And when the Chief Justice of the United States raised his right hand for the oath of office, soon to be President Obama probably never dreamed that John Roberts would flub the big moment, necessitating a re-do.

And when the media wasn’t invited to the do-over, probably nobody expected a flap.

These are small things but these are the easy to manage small things.

The Presidency is about eliminating the easy to manage small things, that are not expected by some people,  and managing well the unexpected big things….

The president has a big staff and a big administration to manage the routine routinely and to get past the flaps without flapping.

President Obama stuck with his script this week with few surprises.  He signed a Gitmo proclamation, and sent money to abortions.

But there are plenty of unexpected big things yet to manage; so now is the time to get the entire administration team performing like a Super Bowl winning team.

Last minute pre-recordings and do-overs won’t do from now on.  The Presidency is mostly “live”….


Obama’s First Few Days: Scripted With Few Surprises

From Fox News

In the highly scripted first days, Obama clearly aimed to show that he was making good on his promise to bring change.

“What an opportunity we have to change this country,” the Democrat told his senior staff the day after his inauguration. “The American people are really counting on us now. Let’s make sure we take advantage of it.”

On Thursday and Friday, Obama, with an executive pen in his left hand, overruled eight years of Bush administration policies, signing several executive orders on national security and abortion funding. 

Obama also focused on fixing the economy, repairing a battered world image and cleaning up government.

Yet domestic and international challenges continue to pile up, and it’s doubtful that life will be dramatically different for much of the ailing country anytime soon.

The biggest agenda items — stabilizing the economy and ending the Iraq war — are complex tasks with results not expected this week, let alone this month. Obama’s move to reverse Bush’s policy on the treatment of detainees and interrogation techniques still leaves unanswered or unresolved questions, including how he will close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for suspected terrorists.

In other cases, Obama set out new policy, only to signal it could be applied selectively.

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