Obama: The Peter Principle President

On November 1, 2010, in Politics, by ralph


In 1969, Dr. Laurence Peter wrote a book called “The Peter Principle.” He formulated the principle that “in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.” Well folks, if there’s any president in history that epitomizes this principle to a tee, it’s Obama. He’s finally seeing firsthand that when you’ve never led a day in your life, it’s a bit of a challenge to be a U.S President. He did a great job campaigning for President, but as everyone can clearly see now, it’s a whole lot easier promising all these great “Changes” than it is actually delivering on them by governing.

He’s become so petulant and thin-skinned over the past several months and his rhetoric is so completely over the line that it’s hard to believe that he’s actually a President. He seems so childish in how he handles any form of criticism. Calling Republicans “public enemies” and telling them they can “go to the back of the bus” is so beneath the office, it’s ridiculous. He certainly doesn’t dignify himself by taking so many cheap shots. It’s one thing to make valid rebuttals to your adversaries. However, name-calling and petty rejoinders are demeaning and have no place in Presidential discourse. This summer, just a few miles from where I live, Obama was at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new battery plant. Sitting in the front row was our U.S. House Representative, Peter Hoekstra (R). During his speech, the President said; “Some made the political calculation that it’s better to obstruct than lend a hand. They said no to the tax cuts, they said no to small business loans, they said no to clean energy projects. It doesn’t stop them from coming to ribbon cuttings — but that’s OK.” Talk about cheap shots – this was completely over the line of decency in politics. To make that statement in someone’s home district while he is in attendance is beneath contempt. I can’t think of any President in recent memory that’s stooped so low. And this comes from the same President who just a few months before said the following at the University of Michigan commencement ceremony on the other side of the state: “We can’t expect to solve our problems if all we do is tear each other down. You can disagree with a certain policy without demonizing the person who espouses it.” A little hypocritical now, isn’t it Mr. Obama?

The latest case in point that shows how his general lack of character and unseemly speeches have diminished the office he holds was how he was spoken to on his interview with Jon Stewart a few days ago. Here’s a comedian calling the President of the United States, “dude.” Never in my life could I imagine someone calling the President a dude, right to his face. Unbelievable! It shows a total lack of respect for the man and the office he holds. He, and he alone, is responsible for lowering the stature of the office. It’s as simple as that. After his term is over, I see him following in the footsteps of Jimmy Carter. He’ll be going on every talk show he can and making the same lame and pathetic excuses for his failed Presidency. Just like Carter, he’ll blame someone else for his shortcomings. These two men demonstrate with perfect clarity what you get when you lack leadership skills and a sense of honor.

I, for one, will no longer call the man, Mr. President. He doesn’t deserve the title and he will never get my respect.

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