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  •  What is Obama's Role in All This? (6+ / 0-)

    I know the First Lady works for military families, but then we have something like this and not a peep from the Prez.  I sometimes get the feeling that his role with the military as C-in-C is not really a leadership role and the military, and other departments seem to have ongoing projects and goals that whoever may be president doesn't interfere with.

    On the other hand, the Bush presidency tried to put its stamp on everything.  I wish our prez was a little more that way.  Sticking it to military families?  He needs to stand up for them.  Letting the bankers off easy?  He needs to prosecute a few. NSA out of control?  He needed to draw a line early on, rather than play defense.  Christians imposing their beliefs at the Air Force Academy?  He needed to fire a few folks and get his people in there.

    Am I just being naive about all this?  Does the presidency lack the real power to modify certain departments?

    •  Ever been in charge? (0+ / 0-)

      He is President of the United States.  He has a big job and big things to worry about.

      His Attorney General should be going after bankers - by directing the US Attorney responsible to do so.

      His Director of National Intelligence has authority over the NSA Director.  

      His Secretary of Defense has a Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force who have authority over the Air Training Command and the Air Force Academy.  Let them do their jobs.

      We have a word for bosses who jump down three levels to get involved in day to day stuff - micromanagers.  

      It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

      by ksuwildkat on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 11:48:11 AM PST

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    •  There is a reason Dwight D Eisenhower said (0+ / 0-)

      "beware the military industrial complex." as he left office.  Even then that was a powerful portion of the government/private sector collusion.

      I've watched presidents come and go for 70 years now, and  I perceive that who advises them makes all the difference in the world.  Think.  Can one man, understand every facet of the huge federal government at the detail level?  I don't believe they can.  They have to delegate, and they have to listen to those who advise them and therein lies the crux of the problem.  There is only so much a President can do and he/she obviously has to pick their battles.  I wish he had back all that time he spent trying to compromise and work with those blockheads stonewalling in the Congress.

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