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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

One hundred days

There's a lot of commentary about President Obama's first one hundred days in office. Janet Jackson's song, "What have you done for me lately" comes to mind. What people should keep in mind is not how many problems he has solved in that time period, but the tone that he sets to start his journey. To look for the President of the United States to solve all our problems is unrealistic. What he should show is his willingness to face and deal with tough issues and do the right thing regardless of public sentiment. As the most public and prominent figure, he sets the bar and the attitude for the entire country.

But most of all in these turbulent times, his job is to inspire all of us to be responsible for our actions. His legacy one day will be whether he can energize the nation to collectively address tough situations and turn the country around. His job as a leader is to lead, not become a solution provider. If that latter is what we expect, I think we will all be bitterly disappointed.

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