Obama as a great American president
A time for leadership
President Barack Obama has the stuff and what it takes to be a great American president; and the possibility of having his image chiselled on
Real politicking would be for the White House to tactically recoil from its agenda of transforming American economy. It may help them in short term to win November election and continue to maintain the majority in both Houses. But dwelling on winning immediate election at the expense of planned agenda will make the American prospect little dimmer. This is not to say that Democrats will rest on their laurels and give up in maintaining their majority in both houses. All things being equal, this is not the time to back down from laying the necessary foundation for the creation of new industries and policies that will produce 21st century jobs and the innovative green energy industries. It will be a total disservice to the children and next generation of American workers when policy makers and industrial leaders fail to prepare them for jobs of 21st century.
President Obama has a great challenge even perhaps the greatest dilemma of his political life. To do the political correct and popular things, thereby win elections. In other hand do the right and difficult things and suffer the consequences of losing seats in the both houses. The right decisions and policies will make American Union richer and stronger. To make these strategic decisions President Obama has plenty of places to look to especially through the prism of American history. History has proven that nation building and growing of economies of the future never happen by chance. The world can be changed and things get better when men and women of goodwill made firm decisions to be committed and consistence to a strategic vision. The “translating of strategic vision to operational reality” cannot be possible when tactical decision hinders politicians for short-term political gains.
History was littered with great men and women who took up the consequential challenge of making lives better by changing the course of history. Looking into American past the great presidents can be a case study for President Obama and politicians who are willing to rise above politics and make the right decisions.
The brilliant, young and charismatic President John Kennedy stood on the right side of history in spite of the pitfalls. JFK did the right thing and stood up for civil rights and he did not think about losing elections in the South, rather he was thinking about the future of the republic. The strategic vision of making American freer and more prosperous for everybody is more significance than winning elections in short terms. President Kennedy was looking at the future when he pledged to land a man on a moon and return him back successfully.
President Reagan at era of cold war increased the defence budget despite criticism and his contributing endeavour catalyzed the end of cold and the defeat of
President Eisenhower pushed the bill for the intercontinental Highway constructions and today
Probably the greatest president of modern time is Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) who gave
Time and events, it is said, makes a great president. President Obama during this changing time of the global economy should look into American history for courage and determination to continue with what he has started - which is to transform
Emeka Chiakwelu is the Principal Policy Strategist at Afripol Organization. Africa Political and
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