In a free flight of fancy Ron Fournier outlines a course of action for the balance of President Obama’s term of office in which he does considers everything he’s done to date and does the opposite:
For his sake and ours, Obama must fire himself. He needs to recognize that, for all of his strengths as a person and a politician, he’s shown an astonishing lack of growth on the job. Obama won’t evolve unless he replaces enablers with truth-tellers—advisers unafraid of telling the president he’s wrong.
He should start, of course, with McDonough. A solid public servant, McDonough has the misfortune of serving a president who doesn’t understand the importance of a chain of command, the perils of backchannels, the value of relationships, or the inherent powers of the presidency. Obama should hire and empower a CEO powerhouse.
What in the president’s past behavior leads him to believe that anything of the sort is remotely possible? The president believes that he knows better than any of his advisors (he’s said as much) and throughout his presidency he has signalled that he believes that anyone who disagrees with him is an ignorant yahoo. Now he’ll dismiss the cozy circle of his closest friends and replace it with ignorant yahoos? In what universe?