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THE OBAMA BLAME GAME

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 24, 2012

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Have you ever seen a guy in an office who couldn’t complete a project even if his life depended on it, regardless of the amount of time afforded him? You know the type, an arm chair quarterback who is quick to take credit when the opportunity presents itself and blames others when things go awry. Such a person’s management style is perhaps best described as reactive as opposed to proactive. The truth is, everybody knows he is in over his head and grows tired of his excuses. Such is Barrack Obama who is simply floundering as president. To listen to his side of the story, he would have us believe he had nothing to do with the problems of the economy, the national debt, unemployment, the growing powder keg in the Middle East, etc. Not only does he consider himself blameless, but goes so far as to portray himself as the victim of the work of others.

Obama began his term blaming George W. Bush for all the problems of the world, a clever strategy which helped get him elected. Interestingly though, he is still blaming Bush after three years in office. The most popular catchphrase associated with his first term is, of course, “It is Bush’s fault.” You’ll notice he still uses the present tense, not “WAS”, but “IS.” Bush became the scapegoat for everything that ocurred not only during his term of office, but even for events associated with the Obama administration, which included blaming Bush for the Solyndra scandal. Huh?

As the president begins to posture for his reelection, the reference to Bush is slowly being minimized and replaced by blaming the Republican Congress which is vilified as the cause of the national debt, the economy, unemployment, his low popularity ratings, not to mention the delays to his various vacations. As the head of his party, he has somehow lost sight of the fact that it takes two to tango; instead of finding ways to overcoming impasses, as all of his predecessors had to do, he is content to draw a line in the sand and dare the Congress to step across it.

The president has also blamed a lot of other people along the way:

* He blamed the rich for making people poor. (Huh?)

* He blamed automation for unemployment. (Huh?)

* He even blamed the 2011 Texas Wildfires on Global Warming. (Huh?)

* And he doubtless blames Israel for the problems in the Middle East.

Interestingly, all of his blames are designed for political gain. If you say them with enough repetition and conviction, people gullibly begin to believe them and are able to recite them chapter and verse. It’s what is commonly known as drinking the O-Kool Aid. Regardless of the data opposing him, his supporters fervently blame others for the president’s weaknesses.

Mr. Obama may be a fine speaker but he has yet to prove his leadership capabilities which is basically the difference between a talker and a doer. His lack of experience as an administrator has become glaringly obvious. In management terms, he is a prime example of the Peter Principle whereby someone has risen above his level of competency.

Just remember, his mantra going into the elections will be, “Deny everything, blame everyone else.” Heck, an incompetent manager couldn’t say it better.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M. Bryce & Associates (MBA) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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Copyright © 2012 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.

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2 Responses to “THE OBAMA BLAME GAME”

  1. Well said. It is very scary how many are still following him. Many similarities to Germans following Adolph. His ego has blown up tremendously and he really sees himself as infallible. You nailed it. Thank you. I will pass on to others. People need to read this point of view to balance what the news puts out.

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  2. Tim Bryce said

    A J.D. of Columbus, Ohio wrote…

    “Excellent post Tim. The blame game the President pays is terrible. I like the reference to reactive vs proactive. I haven’t seen him very proactive in doing much to solve our Nation’s problems yet. I won’t vote for Him in November. I just hope there is someone on the ticket I CAN vote for!”

    An A.M. of Wisconsin wrote…

    “God forbid he take responsibility for anything.”

    A D.P. of Cincinnati, Ohio wrote…

    “Liberals are always whiners!”

    An S.C. of Orlando, Florida wrote…

    “Tim Bryce sure knows what he is talking about and I wil listen. He makes sense.”

    An M.B. of Clearwater, Florida wrote…

    “As a Psychiatric Social Worker, I can tell you that Barack Obummer has full-blown Narcissistic Personality Disorder, which explains all that you mention in your article and then some. I believe it was Charles Krautheimer who wrote about his having NPD before the election, but of course, was shouted down as being Republican, and therefore making it up. I don’t know how liberals in the Psych field sleep at night, knowing damn well what he is and that they kept silent while someone with the second most serious mental illness in existance became President. It turns my stomach.”

    An O.B. of Perry, Georgia wrote…

    “Hitting the nail on the head drives it home. Too bad more folks don’t have hammers!”

    A B.H of Boulder, Colorado wrote…

    “The main problem here is too many people out there are already willing to drink the O-Kool Aid without thinking – just take a look at the Obama-2012 stickers starting to show up more and more frequently. People have lost sight of what the real problem is. It’s not minority vs. majority (and remember, the concept of our form of government is rule by the majority ‘with consideration for the minority’ and, ‘compromise’ or ‘consideration’ does not mean ‘acquiescence’ or ‘concession’ to the minority by the majority). It’s not black vs. white. It’s not liberal vs. conservative. It’s not Republican vs. Democrat. In some ways, it’s us against the rest of the world, and in some cases, it seems like it’s ‘every man for himself.’ In reality, it’s those who want to spend money they do not have vs. those who want to live within their means. It’s more fun (and more addictive than crack cocaine) to spend other people’s money, but eventually the ones who are providing the money tire of it and the rules of the game change … painfully so. But, those who make the rules don’t always have to follow them either.”

    A P.M. of Palm Harbor, Florida wrote…

    “Let us not forget that he also wants to double the capital gains tax on millionaires to make it ‘fair’. Now let’s watch the stock market and businesses further implode.”

    A C.E. of Maryland wrote…

    “So true. Unfortunately there are many people who will vote for him anyway because they pay no attention to what he actually does. Can’t wait to vote him out in November!”

    A J.S. of Skidway Lake, Michigan wrote…

    “The president still has lots of time to screw up and lose more support before the election, but if the Republicans don’t stop the infighting and support one another with honor, we’re going to be finding O-Kool Aid in our drinking water. He may be able to slide right into another four years of blaming and whining and we, the American people, will pay the price.”

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