The President of the United States has to be ready from inauguration day to jump on the carousel of government with forward momentum. The President can’t be playing catch-up. That means being able to deal with circumstances as they are, not just as you want them to be.
Global reality can’t be ignored in order to push an ideology into the headwinds. The rest of the world and even the rest of our country can’t be put on hold to change its direction.
The world to which we are obligated to be an integral part and with which we are compelled to engage demands our attention. Our country is too deeply insinuated globally to be isolated. Our interests are too widespread to be ignored.
A President has to have the wisdom to divide his time into initiatives and responses. Responses to world events can’t be put on hold in order to pursue initiatives. Staying in touch with the global situation is required even when interests lie elsewhere.
Joblessness can’t be put on the back burner to deal with health care reform. Countries and ideologies that defy sovereignty and peace can’t be asked to take a time out to address global warming.
On a slightly smaller scale, Governors and corporate CEOs have to control myriad factors at any one time. Leaders can’t just be the smiling face of their company or administration. They have to do the hard job of making all the tentacles of organization work in a smooth and stable fashion.
The President of the United States has to be the ultimate multitasker. Delegation of certain areas is required, but you can’t delegate everything outside your ideology.
In short, the President can’t be a cheerleader. On-the-field quarterbacking is required. Please, remember that in 2016.