For the last couple of days there’s been a covey of op-eds, editorials, and opinion pieces highly critical of the president from both friends and enemies. I was going to write a lengthy analytical post on the subject but I found that just too depressing so I’ll cut to the chase.
Every president wants to be judged based on the effort he puts in and his predecessor to be judged based on results. That was the whole thing behind that heckuva job, Brownie bit in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It was judging by effort rather than by results.
I don’t honestly case how hard presidents work, how benign their intentions are, how awful the Congress is, what a mess his predecessor left him with, how uncooperative the Russians, Chinese, etc. are, or how hard it is for the president to do much about the economy, the climate, etc. I didn’t force anybody to run for president. Every president has sought the job.
Lead, follow, or get the heck out of the way.