There is so much to teach you about leadership and so little time between now and your inauguration.
Robert Mitchum, in the movie, “Home is the Hunter,” gave a partial summary of the qualities a leader needs:
· He doesn’t carry a watch because time waits on him.
· He doesn’t carry any identification because everyone knows who he is.
· He doesn’t carry any money because anyone will be glad to loan him whatever he needs.
Mitchum left out one additional quality that is indispensable for the leader of the world’s nominally sole surviving superpower, and that is to wring the soul dry of the last drops of compassion, empathy and morality. Oh, you ooze them for public consumption, but it’s an act and nothing more.
You are not a political leader, Barack. You are a corporate leader, and you must not flinch from bombing women and children to keep our markets open and the flow of raw materials so essential to our growth uninterrupted.
This is how America keeps her competitive edge.
America is like the aging linebacker who realizes he can no longer blitz the quarterback, so he shoots him instead. It’s messy but effective.
When you get your daughters the dog you promised them, practice your leadership skills by kicking it at least once a day. Nothing hardens the heart like abusing a puppy.