On a post from the Chemist an interesting question arose. What do we expect from a President ?
I expect leadership and vision in my president. The President must make tough choices and some of them will be unpopular. This is the reality of anyone who is a manager or owns a business. There are long term goals and one is not going to please everyone. As a manager of a department with 25 workers I faced this dilemma on a small scale. The eventual thing I learned was that it was stupid to even try. The task at hand was always of utmost priority. My job as a manager was to set the priorities and distribute resourcs . This is what a President does each and every day on a much larger scale.
The Chemist suggested that he sees nothing wrong with a President that uses focus groups. I strongly disagree with that idea. I find it odd that he then blast the cabinet as yes men. Essentially, what he wants is a yes man in the White House. The job of the President is not to stick his finger in the air and check the direction of the wind.
A President is elected for his leadership and vision. People think that intelligence is the most important charachteristic of a good manger. This is not true at all in the real world. The ability to set priorities , leadership and delegation are more important than intelligence.