Human Resource Manuals give you all kinds of cutesy language to utilize, but c'mon... there's no brand of confectioners sugar available that can coverup the fact that you are telling another human being that they suck, they are no longer welcome on the island, and that their short term financial well being is gonna need some help.....somewhere else.
It's painful. I know. I've done it. In fact, there's a damn good chance that this will be read by someone I fired. I never got any pleasure out of firing anyone. Cuz thanks to our guilt ridden Judeo-Christian heritage, firing someone inevitably sparks an acid reflux in our conscience. (Ari Gold and George Clooney's Up in The Air notwithstanding).
But therein lies a difference (one of many) between overseeing and leading.
Leaders, real leaders step up and do the dirty work. Because dirty work is essential to the success of organizations.....and Governments. More importantly, it is vital that during times of difficulty, that leaders make a statement illustrating who is in charge as well as reemphasizing organizational responsibilty and direction. Good leaders take advantage of dysfunctional stretches to reinforce to everyone within the structure that inferior performance is not acceptable. And sometimes that means getting some kind of weight off of the ship, even if it's not listing , if for no other reason than to show that they are not gonna allow anything to endanger the voyage.
Okay...sorry...had a flashback to Mel Zimet's 301 class on Business Leadership that I attended on occasion in college. (Mel once singled me out in class by saying "Thank you 505, at least SOMEONE is reading the textbook"..... I didn't even have the textbook...But I digress).
I give you The Honorable Barack Obama, 44th President of The United States...LEADER of the Free World. (Quelle Shock?)
Barry has had a tough Holiday Season and New Year.
A lot of things have gone wrong recently. And there's certainly enough blame to go around. Some of it (consider this my bone to the wingnuts who read this) can even be thrown back on the Bush Administration.
But to resurrect a phrase from a former President (who had his share of goofs)
"Let's Make One Thing Perfectly Clear".
A lot of people working within Barry's jurisdiction have done some major screwing up lately. If not in actions, at least in words.
- Janet Napolitano- "the system works"
- Michael Leiter- Went skiing in Colorado the day after the BVD bomber
- Eric Holder- Never mind the 9/11 trials in NYC...a rumor is now circulating that even Barry was questioning the logic in allowing the BVD bomber to lawyer up during the WH meeting this week.
- Hillary Clinton- Let's not forget that it was one of her Embassies that got the call from Dad. (BTW, props to Hillary for sneaking Bill's Stealth, Teflon-stain resistant?- bodysuit into the State Department so far).
- Who have I missed?
So what's my point?
Barry, from one manager to another, cut the nice guy routine. A whole bunch of people within your organization and around the country will have more respect for you if you grow a pair and fire someone.
You are making a great case for the Republican Campaign rhetoric that you never lead or managed any kind of organization in your life, so how can anyone trust you to lead the Free World? If you can't fire someone, how can we expect you to tell Putin to Piss Off?
I don't buy the argument that "firing for firing's sake" is not worthy. Bullshit, people have screwed up here. Yeah it may be "systemic", but guess what? The "system" is not some inanimate entity. People make up the system and people either make it work or make it fail.
Hell Barry, if you're uncomfortable doing the dirty deed, bring Jeremy Piven into the Oval Office to do it for you. Pick a name out of a hat. Show the country who's in charge. You have enough candidates. Hire one of your Hollywood buds to write the script, bring in Ari, sit back, enjoy the show.....and take notes on how it's done. Even the Dreaded Bush had the cajones to fire the Reviled Rumsfeld.
And stop trying to be Trumanesque by feeding us crap about "The Buck Stops Here". You haven't put enough time in the Oval Office to carve your initials into the mahogany yet, much less hide behind Truman's desk sign.
From where I sat, two time zones away, you looked more like Jim Carrey than Harry S when you said that this week. The Buck? Shoot the damn thing before it gets too close to you.
Wait a sec.....Harry Truman?!?! Wasn't he the guy that had the backbone and moxie to fire Douglas MacArthur? The self absorbed divinity who considered himself "The One", long before Oprah's mother let out a couple of stitches on the family Christening dress?
C'mon Barry....check the replay... give this some further review, send it to the booth.
Cuz all you've done this week is reinforce that old adage "Good Enough For Government Work". That's not what this country, or your Presidency, needs right now.
And that's just my opinion.