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September 14, 2010, 11:56
American Thinker: Obama Flunks the Leadership Test

By Michael Fraley
The U.S. Marine Corps' 14 Leadership Traits serve as a
standard against
which to compare President Obama's actions in his nineteen
months in
office. By this standard, he is not simply an unqualified
leader, but the
antithesis of a good leader: an "un-leader."

It is often difficult for us to prove things which are
Anecdotes and examples are not without merit, but in a
vacuum, these alone
often fall short. Without some set standard, it can always
be argued that
one's position is arbitrary and subjective, determined
only by a
preexisting bias.

Such is perhaps the case when discussing the leadership
qualities of an
individual, and in particular a sitting president. Results
might be the
truest test of ability, but without the passage of time,
all results are
not known, and such a standard is subject to dispute.
Polling data is not
a true test of leadership attributes: many great leaders
went against the
prevailing mood only to be later acknowledged for their
insight and
resilience. How to judge?

A standard for excellence in leadership is what we need,
and where better
to find such a standard than from the United States Marine
Corps? The 14
Leadership Traits provide a time-tested (and
battle-tested) list of what
characterizes the good leader. And although there remains
a certain degree
of subjectivity when it comes to measuring an individual
against these
traits, in totality, they offer a very complete and
convincing picture of
the degree of one's leadership qualifications.

The 14 Leadership Traits are:
BEARING - Creating a favorable impression in carriage,
appearance, and
personal conduct at all times.
COURAGE - A mental quality that recognizes fear of danger
or criticism,
but enables a Marine to proceed in the face of it with
calmness and
DECISIVENESS - Ability to make decisions promptly and to
announce them
in a clear, forceful manner.
DEPENDABILITY - The certainty of proper performance of
ENDURANCE - The mental and physical stamina measured by
the ability to
withstand pain, fatigue, stress, and hardship.
ENTHUSIASM - The display of sincere interest and
exuberance in the
performance of duty.
INITIATIVE - Taking action in the absence of orders.
INTEGRITY - Uprightness of character and soundness of
moral principles.
JUDGMENT - The ability to weigh facts and possible courses
of action in
order to make sound decisions.
JUSTICE - Giving reward and punishment according to the
merits of the
case in question. The ability to administer a system of
rewards and
punishments impartially and consistently.
KNOWLEDGE - Understanding of a science or an art. The
range of one's
information, including professional knowledge and an
understanding of
your Marines.
LOYALTY - The quality of faithfulness to country, the
Corps, and unit,
and to one's seniors, subordinates, and peers.
TACT - The ability to deal with others without creating
UNSELFISHNESS - Avoidance of providing for one's own
comfort and
personal advancement at the expense of others.
With a standard of leadership in hand, we can now examine
just how well
President Obama stacks up as a leader.

Does the president carry himself like the leader of the
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wow bow
Obama Bows Again to Communist China, America Hangs Head in
It seems, to the detriment of the Republic, that Obama
shows real
enthusiasm only for bowing to despots.
Dependable? We can depend on this president to do the
opposite of what the
people want and what the Constitution requires.
Amid crises, Obama declares war -- on Arizona
Obama Stimulus Failure: Economy Sheds More Jobs
The danger of Obama's dithering: His foreign policy brings
to mind Jimmy
Carter, or perhaps Ethelred the Unready.
Rather than being decisive, Obama turns exclusively to the
socialist dogma
that defines him: progressivism is his default position.
As far as date nights, parties, golf, and vacations go,
Barack Obama has
shown initiative and exceptional endurance.
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While Rome
Obama's (Politically) Risky Golf Obsession
Biden Carries Administration Message While Obama Vacations
Governing? Well, not so much.
Gates Says U.S. Lacks a Policy to Thwart Iran
Has Obama become bored with being president?
This administration has been characterized by nothing as
much as its
string of broken campaign promises and out-and-out lies,
along with a
series of special deals for favored special interests.
Obama finds room for lobbyists
Obama Now Selling Judgeships for Health Care Votes?
Summer of corruption: Obama's Big Labor ethics loophole
He and his spokesmen continually talk out of both sides of
the mouth or,
like Baghdad Bob, take outlandish positions in public
which are completely
divorced from reality.
Obama blaming Bush.....again
What chilled the U.S. economy? An ill 'headwind' from
Europe, says Obama
Obama now blames poor job numbers on congressional
inaction. Wait! His
party runs Congress
What is not clear is that Obama has even a cursory
knowledge of the areas
which he has the most far-reaching policy ambitions.
Obama: Doctors May Choose Amputation Because Of
Most Say Obama Lacks Clear Plans on the Oil Spill, Energy
or Jobs
It is difficult to imagine a more misinformed approach to
economic policy.
Those on both sides of the aisle have publicly warned
about the looming
dangers, yet Obama appears to place little value in the
opinions of
Buffett Says He Can't See Rationale for Bank Levy
Former Obama -supporter Mort Zuckerman believes the Obama
is the most fiscally irresponsible government in American
Rather, he pushes ahead with his agenda of incredible
spending to a level
that is more than irresponsible...something more like
From 7 stories Obama doesn't want told - 1. He thinks he's
playing with
Monopoly money
This president displayed his notion of justice soon after
taking office by
firing Gerald Walpin from his post as AmeriCorps IG
without legally
required due process. Since the beginning, Obama and his
goons have gone
after the good guys:
The Obama Thugocracy Goes After Joe the Plumber
DOJ files charges against Sheriff Joe ahead of September
10 deadline
And all the while:
Former DOJ Official Charges Racism Drove DOJ to Kill Black
Panther Voter
Intimidation Case
Gitmo gall: Charges dropped against Cole bombing jihadist
It might seem as if this administration has it precisely
Iran election: Barack Obama refuses to 'meddle' over
Presidents Chávez, Obama et al Are Meddling Egregiously
with Honduras
What about loyalty? To country? To those who stood by him
as he rammed
through unpopular legislation?
The President's Apology Tour
House Democrats, Out on a Limb for Obamacare, Hear a
Snapping Sound
No tact with this man.
Obama: Cambridge police acted 'stupidly' in Gates arrest
Obama to GOP: ‘I Won'
Report: Obama humiliated Netanyahu at the White House
Selfless or self-absorbed? You decide:
Obama Starts Ft. Hood Remarks with a "Shout Out"
Obama: Iraq begins and ends with I, I, I
Obama: She's going to be buried in an Obama T-shirt
The examples go on and on, and they could fill the pages
of a health care
bill. These are a small but representative sampling of
this president in
action over these last nineteen months. One, two, or three
categories are
certainly not enough to judge an individual's leadership
qualities. But
what here emerges, and what is truly troubling, is an
overall picture of
not simply a lack of leadership qualities, but an
individual who is in
every way the antithesis of a principled and effective
leader -- an
This, as even a blind man can see, is having monumentally
negative effects
in our economy, national security, and liberty. We can ill
afford to allow
this un-leader to go unchecked for much longer. We can ill
afford, as a
people and as a Republic, to repeat this mistake and to
ever again hand
such an un-leader the keys to power in this nation.
Michael Fraley is a former USAF pilot who considers his
oath "to support
and defend the Constitution of the United States" a
lifelong commitment.
He is currently an engineer and blogs at

September 14, 2010, 12:04
I almost passed 3 of the 14. Good stuff Stoney.
Semper Fi

September 14, 2010, 12:55
Well, he DIDN'T shake Netanyahu's hand and he sent Churchill's bust back to England. :tongue:

RG Coburn
September 14, 2010, 14:17
obama flunked lunch...

September 14, 2010, 15:02
At least he's black

This shows that American has overcome the race barrier

Oh shit, his mother was white

He couldn't even get the black thing right

September 14, 2010, 22:49
I did 2 amd a half

FAL freek
September 17, 2010, 19:06
Not sure what you're talking about he's got all 14 traits:

BEARING - America is too conservative. The SC need more liberal judges
COURAGE - He married Michelle
DECISIVENESS - We aint gonna go bankrupt, we'll just print more money
DEPENDABILITY - Yes world, again we're sorry for being America
ENDURANCE - Got time for another round of golf
ENTHUSIASM - I represent change
INITIATIVE - Borrowed 880 Billion from China
INTEGRITY - I saved America
JUDGMENT - It's Bushs' fault
JUSTICE - Had a beer summit
KNOWLEDGE - Been to all 57 states
LOYALTY - To Islam
TACT - How you like my new ride (air force 1)
UNSELFISHNESS - I'll give America 4 more years of me